1863 - ?

Lincoln School of Art has its origins in the art school movement that followed the 1851 Great Exhibition. The School was founded in a small room above Lincoln's Corn Exchange in February 1863 and as a private venture its most important supporter was John Somerville Gibney, canon at the nearby Lincoln Cathedral. The School was so successful that within a year it had relocated to larger premises and by 1869, was positioned in sixth place by the Department of Science and Art, after schools such as Edinburgh and Nottingham. By 1873 there were around 130 schools of art in Britain, and Lincoln was rated in ninth place. The school has had many name changes including City of Lincoln Municipal Technical School, Lincolnshire College of Art & Design and by the early 1990s as the School of Applied Arts & Design and eventually as of the School of Art & Design and then formed part of the ever-expanding De Montfort University, Leicester. By the year 2000, De Montfort expansion has ceased and the surplus campus' including Lincoln were sold. In 2001, the School of Art was divided between Lincoln College, Lincolnshire, which took many of the Further Education art courses, and the new University of Lincoln, which took the Higher Education art courses with degree status. Now as part of the University of Lincoln, the School is known as the Lincoln School of Art and Design, or LSAD.