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RIBA archive gift from Gilbert Scott

The RIBA has acquired possession of the architectural archive of the Gilbert Scott family, the UK's greatest architectural dynasty.

The dynasty, which began with Sir George Gilbert Scott (18111878), the leading Gothic Revival architect and restorer of his day, continued over five generations to the present. Between them they collected two knighthoods, two presidentships of the RIBA, two Royal Gold Medals, an Order of Merit and two RAs.

Much of the archive material has been placed on loan progressively since the late 1960s and is now converted into an outright gift from Sir George's descendant Richard Gilbert Scott, together with a final deposit.

The archive contains nearly 20,000 items, including sketchbooks, photographs and correspondence, as well as drawings for Sir George's numerous church and cathedral restorations, new churches, houses and public buildings.

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