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The exhibition on Sir Albert Richardson opening at the riba Heinz Gallery on 9 September will be the first on the architect in London and the last ever at the gallery which is closing in preparation for the transfer of the special collections to the v&a. Richardson's most famous building is Bracken House, later of course transformed by Michael Hopkins, and the first post-war building to be listed. It was not universally loved, however. The Anti-Uglies, a student group led by pop artist Pauline Boty, staged a protest in front of it. The closure of the Heinz is unlikely to be accompanied by similar protests but it will be missed. Staff and regulars will not forget the numerous occasions on which the fire brigade was called out, particularly when Kenneth Powell insisted on having incense for the Twentieth Century churches show. 'The firemen were all absolutely gorgeous . . ' sighed the gallery's Eleanor Gawne. And will the persistent coterie of freeloaders be able to penetrate the stricter door policy of the v&a?

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