Yesterday a group of 20 students from Kingston University visited the RIBA to attend an induction led by the Education Curator, Dr Elizabeth Grant. It was a chance for the students to find out more about what the RIBA had to offer and how the collections of the British Architectural Library can be accessed and used as a source of primary material for their research. As one student wrote, the session allowed for: “Greater understanding of what’s available at the Library and how to get hold of it.”
What was on show
Amongst the items from the collections that the students got to see and handle during the induction were: photographs of the Art Deco-style Doulton House (now demolished, but the decorative frieze was saved and is on show in the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery); original copies of ‘Tallis’s London street views’ from 1838-40; ‘Kiosques & pavillons’, published for the 1925 ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, an event in Paris which is currently the subject of an exhibition ‘Art Deco Triumphant’; and a volume of the ‘Builder’ from 1849, a journal of which the Library holds every copy.
See more images from the collections on RIBApix
The students were also given a free guided tour of the RIBA headquarters, an opportunity for students to learn about the history of the Institute and discover the unique architectural features of the Grade II listed building.
Overall, the response to the day was positive, a comment left by one student about the induction was: “[it] gave me inspiration, and I know I can now come back and use the resources.”
Any students or tutors who wish to attend a student workshop or an induction to the Library’s collections and services should contact the Education Curator. Inductions and workshops are free for education groups and the material available can be tailored to the students’ current projects and areas of research.
Dr Elizabeth Grant, Education Curator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3732
British Architectural Library
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place