The Slade's foundation in 1871 was the result of a bequest from Felix Slade who envisaged a school where fine art would be studied within a liberal arts university. In offering female students education on equal terms as men from the outset, the Slade played a key part in the introduction of women to UCL. Since its inception the Slade has been at the forefront of developments in the field of contemporary art and welcomed students from all over the world. 

Below is a timeline of Slade history including key moments, notable staff, artists and alumni from its foundation to the present day.

For information about the Slade Archive Project and researching the Slade Archive collections, visit the Slade Archive pages.