Records of esea contemporary and predecessors

Location in the hierarchy

Descriptive Information





Other Identifiers

OC (local reference number)

Has provenance

esea contemporary (1987-)


1986-onwards (is coverage date of)

Scope and Content

Records accumulated by esea contemporary Ltd and its predecessors. 


During the 30th anniversary of the Centre, most of the Centre's physical records were arranged by date into 3 series: timeline, marketing archive, and press cuttings. During the Heritage Lottery Funded project, 2016-2018, the physical records of the date dating up to 2011 were arranged an order reflecting the functions of the organisation. The Marketing archive & press cuttings were retained in their original order. Records dating up to 1997 when arranged into a separate subfonds as the Records of the Chinese View Art Association. 

From 2020, to ease discovery of records, the structure of the collection was rearranged and records can be found in multiple places in the heirarchy. The primary location of the records (reflected in their identifiers) reflects the either the physical order of analogue records or the original order of born-digital records. Records were further placed in record sets relating to their function to make it easier to browse the collection.


This is the history of the collection. For the history of the organisation please see our. 

The organisation began to review its historical records when it was researching the history of the organisation in order to prepare for its 30th anniversary.  The bulk of the organisations physical records were appraised and arranged into a timeline. The records were used to inform a time-line which was displays in Gallery 1 throughout the anniversary celebrations. 

With support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the CFCCA began to catalogue its organisational records and make them available to the public. This included records in the timeline, marketing folders, and various other accessions which were held in the Library in 2016. The records were made available on the online catalogue in June 2018. 

After the end of the project, born-digital accessions were transferred into the collection from the organisations main server. 

Access and Use

Conditions of Access

Unless prohibited under UK data protection legislation, the records within this set are available for non-commercial private research on-site in the esea ResearchLab via dedicated terminals or by appointment.

Digital surrogates of the records can be accessed through the online catalogue if we have permission of holders of the intellectual property of the record's contents.

Conditions of Use

TThe records in this record set are accessible for private non-commercial research use unless restricted under UK Data Protection legislation.

Open records which are solely the copyright of esea contemporary are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License. Records which are the intellectual property of other creators are not available online unless we have permission of all of the copyright holders. Please see individual record descriptions for more information.

Related Content

Related People and Organisations

esea contemporary (1987-)

Related Places


Keywords & Terms

Fonds ; still images ; two-dimensional moving images ; audio ; text ; objects ; English ; Chinese ; Restricted


Rules or conventions

Our archival collections have been catalogued following the International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD(G)) and principles of Records in Context (RiC). The library collection has been documented following the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) standard and the International Standard for Bibliographic Description (ISBD).

Subject terms for the collections have been taken from the Resource Description Access (RDA) values which are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License; the National Archives’ PRONOM online registry of technical information; IANA media types. MIME types; Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® and Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)® which are made available under the ODC Attribution License.