With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations just days away, it seems appropriate that earlier this week the atmosphere at this month’s Last Tuesdays event at the RIBA took a patriotic feel.
From Assistant Curator Catriona Cornelius (RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections) was a pop-up exhibition at RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place. In front of Union Flags was a temporary display of material from the RIBA collections recording the preparations and street decorations made by designers to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Alongside photographs and vintage architectural journals from the 1950s, there were original drawings featuring designs from architects such as Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson and Eric Bedford and a toy peepshow by photographer Edwin Smith. During the day, Catriona gave two drop-in talks to members of the public about the background to the material on show and enlivened by new facts unearthed from her recent research into the RIBA archives.
The material for this one-off display has now returned to the British Architectural Library at the RIBA – if you missed it, here are a few pictures:
But that was not the only event that day. On the last Tuesday of every month, the building and its bookshop, restaurant and library stays open until late alongside a programme of talks, exhibitions and building tours – all celebrating architecture. Here are few photographs of what else happened while Union Jacks were on display in Gallery 1:
(Photographs by Wilson Yau)
‘Play’ is the theme of the next Last Tuesday on 26 June. The building is open late every Tuesday (until 10pm), including the Library (until 8pm), exhibitions, bookshop, restaurant and bar.