Peter Scott Gallery has stood in its current location at Lancaster University since 1988 following the relocation of the previous campus based gallery which was established in 1974. The gallery houses a collection that has been built since the late 1960s and is named after Peter F Scott CBE in memorial of his benevolence to Lancaster University.
The collection results from acquisitions made by Lancaster University and the Peter Scott Gallery Charitable Trust, major bequests from Irene Manton and the Chambers family and other gifts and donations. It broadly comprises of twentieth century prints and paintings; Pilkington’s ceramics and related archival material (bequeathed by the Chambers family); Chinese and Japanese paintings and prints; and a small number of antiquities. Acquisitions have largely focused on British artists, however, a host of international artists are represented thanks to the Irene Manton bequest. The Peter Scott Gallery collection continues to grow with a focus on the work of contemporary artists.