The Landscape Institute Collection
In the 1980s Ian C Laurie, Michael Lancaster and Janie Thomas were all involved in interviewing senior members of the Landscape Institute: Brian Hackett, Bodfan Gruffydd, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, Dame Sylvia Crowe, Sir Peter Shepheard, Peter Youngman and Brenda Colvin. These recordings, on old reel to reel tapes, are now thought to be lost but edited transcriptions of these recordings appear in Reflections on Landscape: The Lives and Work of Six British Landscape Architects (1987) edited by Sheila Harvey for The Landscape Institute.
Landscape Institute video recordings of senior figures were again undertaken in 2014 and are available at MERL. It is hoped that further recordings will be added to this collection in the near future.
Olympic Learning Legacy: In the lead up to the Olympics the Landscape Institute published a set of 10 interviews with those involved in the Olympic Park, London including one interview with the landscape architect Professor John Hopkins (1953 -2013) who, with Dr Phil Askew, CMLI, jointly acted as the client on behalf of the Olympic Development Authority.
For the full set of interviews see the Landscape Institute's website at
Olympic Learning Legacy
The RIBA Collection has a comprehensive set of commercial recordings by Pidgeon a-v*, (now Pidgeon Digital) of architects and also of landscape architects such as Geoffrey Jellicoe and Preben Jakobsen. Copies of some of these recordings were purchased by the Institute when they were brought out, and these copies are now deposited MERL.
*Pidgeon a-v was a retirement project started by Monica Pidgeon (1913-2009), the editor of Architectural Design from 1946-1975 and a leading advocate of postmodern architecture.
The University of Brighton Collection also has a good collection of audiovisual material.
1965: Sir Peter Shepheard appears briefly talking about Jellicoe on this same video
1988: Jane Macfarlane, then of Oxford Polytechnic, edited a Catalogue of Films and TV programmes on Architecture, Town Planning and the Environment (Working Paper No. 111) covering the period 1902-1986. This book is also available from various libraries including the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester and Cardiff
1989: 'Women of our Century' An interview by Anna Ford of Dame Sylvia Crowe BBC2 TV 6 Jan 1989 (Season 2, Episode 1)
1999: Jeremy Purseglove 'Taming the tarmac' ??
2013 Hal Moggridge, OBE, VMH, PPLI and Professor Kathryn Moore, PPLI appeared in the programme 'Unbuilt Britain' which dealt in part with Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe's design for 'Motopia' broadcast on BBC4 on 12.8.13
Countryside Images (MERL, University of Reading)
This project was undertaken by MERL, University of Reading ran from 2008-2009, and has conserved, digitised and catalogued 13,000 glass plate negatives dating 1920-1965
Britain from Above www.britainfromabove.org.uk
This project 'Britain from Above' was completed in November 2014 and has conserved, digitised and catalogued the earliest 95,000 images in the Aerofilms Collection (1919-1953)
CABE 1999-2011 Snapshot