Discovering the Landscape: Preparation, progress and preservation – 3 years on
Plans, papers, press cuttings and publications…. we have spent a busy three years working on the Landscape Institute collections here at MERL.
Alongside continuing to work on the collections to make them available, we are now looking to encourage use, awareness and engagement with our rich and varied landscape heritage collections.
What have we achieved?
Over 200m linear metres of archive material have been sorted and made available for researchers. This vast amount of invaluable material includes press cuttings, minutes, membership lists, financial papers, Institute publications, a slide library and an album containing the Institute’s royal seal, logo and name badge (now on display at the LI’s headquarters). The associated archive collections include the business records of significant landscape architects including founder member of the Institute Geoffrey Jellicoe.
Thousands of books have been processed with 2500 so far added to stock and available to readers on site at MERL. A selection of rare books have been added to collections held in our stores. All of the journal titles received have now been sorted and listed. Very soon we will be working to fully integrate the LI books into the MERL Library.
Volunteers: thank you – we couldn’t have done it without you!
In the period 2013-2016 volunteers working on LI collections have contributed an impressive 10,000 hours to the project. This includes tasks such as: book bib checking, book labelling, listing, indexing and digitising slides.
Events and engagement
Events that showcased out LI collections have included a seminar series (Spring 2015), a joint MERL and LI Annual Lecture with James Corner (October 2015) and a treasures exhibition (Jan-June 2016). Throughout the project we have been sharing highlights and news from the collections with you via our social media channels, twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and this blog.
We also work closely with FOLAR (the Friends of the Landscape Library & Archive at Reading) and have hosted their study days, such as about Brenda Colvin and New Towns and Gordon Patterson.
For more information about our LI collections you can visit this dedicated webpage or contact us via our Reading Room service on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claire Wooldridge, Project Librarian
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Good to know about this largest Library and have too much books for readers and also available online.