Architecture Week 17-26th June 2005

Architecture Week is upon us! Events this year include visits to a number of restored listed buildings, architecture tours, talks, debates and exhibitions.
Perhaps most intriguing is a visit to Brunel Engine House: A guided tube journey through the oldest section of the underground.  By kind permission of TfL the tunnel is to be lit so that visitors might see the 64 arches and 128 half Doric columns & pilasters of the world's first underground shopping arcade, banqueting hall and fairground!
Another event of interest to IHBC Members will be a Study Rooms Open Day at the
Victoria and Albert Museum on Monday 20 June.  The Prints & Drawings Study Room and the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms will be open from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.  The rooms, designed by architects Wright & Wright, give free access to the V&A's prints, drawings, paintings and photographs collections, and to the drawings and archives of the Royal Institute of British Architects and are located on Level 4 of the Henry Cole Wing.

The day will showcase the complementary architectural collections of both the V&A and the RIBA, including new accessions and rarely-seen treasures. Curators from both collections will give talks about items on display. There will also be a new display in the RIBA Study Rooms of historic drawing instruments. 
At 11.00 am and 3.00 pm there will be guided visits from the Study Rooms to the Architecture Gallery, which displays highlights from the collections.  At 1.00 pm there will be a tour around architectural features of the V&A's own building. The day will also offer an opportunity to see a preview of the forthcoming online Image database,  "RIBA pix." and to explore the new Prints & Drawings Online catalogues.  Please note that some of these tours will require
advance booking!

For a full list of Architecture Week events please visit the website:

The Future of
Historic School Buildings

English Heritage has recently issued the above pamphlet in co-operation with the Department for Education & Skills.  It contains good practice advice on the conservation, management and re-use of educational buildings aimed at decision makers within schools, local education authorities and planning departments.

For copies please telephone EH
Tel. 020 7973 3000. 


The Branch will be reissuing the membership directory later in the year.  Please ensure that Justine Page is kept informed of any changes to your details: -

  • place of work
  • job title
  • contact details (including email addresses)

We anticipate reissuing the new directory in August.