"It was one of those flukes which
doesn't occur very often. I had been offered a job which was always
thought of as a key job in my profession and it seemed a shame to abandon
what we had started in Bath so it was a matter of finding somewhere in
Bath with a bit more space than we had got then at Sydney Place and I
realised that as people were beginning to come back from the war, anything
that could be used as housing was going to be used as housing. Then it
occurred to me that if we were going to be a residential art college we
could do that just as well outside Bath as in it, so I made a mental note
of likely places and Corsham Court was top of the list. I telephoned Lord
Methuen and asked him what he was going to do when he got rid of the
convalescent hospital from Corsham Court and he said he wished he knew, so
we arranged to meet the next day and in those few hours of optimism when
the war ended, the whole thing was fixed up in something like a week. It
couldn't have been done earlier and it couldn't have been done later. So
we offered ourselves as a place for students to come the following
September, and they came, and we started".
The book was first published in 1997 ISBN: 095317770X.
the book are still available to buy and now at a discounted price
Pope via Chris
A digital copy of the book is below, it is the only
definitive insight on BAA:-
Celebration of Bath Academy of Art by Derek Pope
Derek Pope died peacefully at home on Saturday the
1st of February 2003.
He was associated with the Academy as a student, lecturer and Principal from
1950 - 1985.