1851 - ?

Worcester School of Art, Victoria Institute, Foregate Street, Worcester. The Government School of Design was established in 1851. The ‘nucleus’ of what would become the Victoria Institute, explained the chair of the Institute Committee in 1894, ‘might fairly to be said to be the Worcester School of Art’ since the idea of a grand central building able to bring together the public libraries, news room, museum, art, science and technical schools, and a public art gallery was first broached at an art school meeting in 1860. The
Institute opened in 1888 and served as headquarters of the School of Art until 1962 it moved to Deansway. In 1991, the art school became part of Worcester College of Technology. In 2014 Worcester College and NEW College merged to form Heart of Worcestershire College. The Victoria Institute is now an apartment building.