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British Institute of Biography


The aim of the British Institute of Biography is to promote the biographical arts in all media. The new building will contain permanent and temporary exhibitions, two auditoria, and a research and education centre, together with an archive of biographical information.

Electronic communication systems and radio/television broadcasting facilities will be used to make the programmes of events and biographical records accessible to a wide audience.

The British Institute of Biography will be located within the campus of Royal Holloway College at Egham, Surrey, and a strong academic link will be formed between the two. The building will be set in a biographical garden and located adjacent to the college music department.

It is composed of a linear block, running parallel to the road edge, containing the permanent exhibition galleries, research institute and bookshop, and a curving block, embracing the landscape, containing temporary exhibition space/performance spaces and cafe. The building and garden design are reciprocal and together produce a series of distinct settings for exhibits.

A dynamic circulation route begins with an entrance at first-floor level, reached by a bridge, and progresses along a suspended walkway and ramp, guiding visitors down into the exhibition.

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