Donation from the Heraldry Society
Recently the RIBA became the new home of 2,500 church guides gathered from across the UK and continental Europe by the Heraldry Society. On behalf of the society, Dr Andrew Gray kindly donated the booklets yesterday when Library staff members Michael Duckworth, Jonathan Ridsdale and Wilson Yau made a trip to Whitechapel to move 75kg and 2.4m (8 feet and 4 inches) of donated material from Dr Gray’s basement.
Organising and transporting the collection
The booklets were carefully removed from their original box files, then transferred into new ones for transport and labelled according to county or country of origin. Try to guess from the last photograph the abbreviations used for the names of the counties on the labels – please don’t blame our quality of handwriting if you can’t.
Storage and cataloguing
The box files are now safely shelved in the stacks of our offices in 77 Portland Place, where the next step is to catalogue the guides and make them available to the public. The Library’s collections are constantly growing and our space for them grows a bit slower! But our catalogue team work hard to ensure the public and RIBA members can access the 4 million items (and in the future 2.4m and 75 kg of church guides) through our online catalogue.
Access to the Library and collections is free.