RIBA Collections: A few of our favourite things...

The British Architectural Library is the Royal Institute of British Architects' world-class collection of architectural drawings, models, archive, photographs and books. These are just some of our favourite items from the collection. (The BAL Collections Team, February 2014)
Welcome to the RIBA's collections! The door knocker, Brougham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria - a copy of an early medieval door knocker at Durham Cathedral (made in 1844, photographed around 1900). KR. [RIBA58827]

Welcome to the RIBA's collections! The door knocker, Brougham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria - a copy of an early medieval door knocker at Durham Cathedral (made in 1844, photographed around 1900). KR. [RIBA58827]

'The Most Famous Buildings in the World' (1880s) by Charles Robert Cockerell. A perfect evocation of the breadth of the RIBA's collections. KR. (The buildings depicted here include St Peter's Basilica, the Taj Mahal, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Florence Cathedral, Bramante's Tempietto,The Pantheon, Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Crystal Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arc de Triomphe) [RIBA31368]

'The Most Famous Buildings in the World' (1880s) by Charles Robert Cockerell. A perfect evocation of the breadth of the RIBA's collections. KR. (The buildings depicted here include St Peter's Basilica, the Taj Mahal, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Florence Cathedral, Bramante's Tempietto,The Pantheon, Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Crystal Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arc de Triomphe) [RIBA31368]

Miners' children in Ashington, Northumberland (1936) by the architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971). KR. [RIBA54186]

Miners' children in Ashington, Northumberland (1936) by the architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971). KR. [RIBA54186]

CHEERFUL ATMOSPHERE… The 1930s architect’s ambition of transforming society through better buildings. KR (Explanatory drawing for Finsbury Health Centre, London by Tecton, 1938) [RIBA35370]

CHEERFUL ATMOSPHERE… The 1930s architect’s ambition of transforming society through better buildings. KR (Explanatory drawing for Finsbury Health Centre, London by Tecton, 1938) [RIBA35370]

A design model of the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank, London - showing the theatre in relation to surrounding buildings, Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames. KR. (Denys Lasdun & Partners, 1970) [RIBA28557]

A design model of the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank, London - showing the theatre in relation to surrounding buildings, Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames. KR. (Denys Lasdun & Partners, 1970) [RIBA28557]

The sumptuous gothic revival interior of the St Pancras Hotel and Chambers, London. KR (The Midland Grand Hotel designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1874, photographed in 1998) [RIBA2468-6]

The sumptuous gothic revival interior of the St Pancras Hotel and Chambers, London. KR (The Midland Grand Hotel designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1874, photographed in 1998) [RIBA2468-6]

One of a series of early views of Central Park in New York (with nothing on the skyline). KR (Bow Bridge, Central Park designed by Calvert Vaux, photographed in the 1860s) [RIBA13664]

One of a series of early views of Central Park in New York (with nothing on the skyline). KR (Bow Bridge, Central Park designed by Calvert Vaux, photographed in the 1860s) [RIBA13664]

The Tecton Group (1936) were founded in 1932 and pioneered radical new modernist architecture in England, although today they are best known for the double-helix shaped penguin house at London Zoo. KR (Francis Skinner, Eileen Murray, Margaret Church, Denys Lasdun, Lubetkin, Carl Ludwig Franck and Lindsey Drake) [RIBA2803-21]

The Tecton Group (1936) were founded in 1932 and pioneered radical new modernist architecture in England, although today they are best known for the double-helix shaped penguin house at London Zoo. KR (Francis Skinner, Eileen Murray, Margaret Church, Denys Lasdun, Lubetkin, Carl Ludwig Franck and Lindsey Drake) [RIBA2803-21]

The Architectural Review's 'The Modern English House' (1936) celebrated and promoted modernist building in England between the wars. KR [RIBA45472]

The Architectural Review's 'The Modern English House' (1936) celebrated and promoted modernist building in England between the wars. KR [RIBA45472]

Before laptops and kindles there was the Reading Machine (comfortably situated near a window for light). KR (Agostino Ramelli, 'Le diverse et artificiose machine', Paris, 1588) [RIBA10219]

Before laptops and kindles there was the Reading Machine (comfortably situated near a window for light). KR (Agostino Ramelli, 'Le diverse et artificiose machine', Paris, 1588) [RIBA10219]

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