FOLAR supports MERL's vision of engagement with landscape heritage through the landscape collections at Reading. MERL holds the most significant 20th Century collection of landscape archives held in the UK
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Research the history of the Landscape Institute here
In the Landscape Institute's 2008 Yearbook its library was described as "one of Europe's largest specialist collections of books, journals, and publications relating to landscape architecture". It had been built up over many years and together with the Institute's archive represented for many the cultural heart of the Institute. In 2013 the library and archive were transferred to MERL. Material in the archive has been used for various purposes: academic research, current and speculative landscape projects, exhibitions, television, films and publications. See, for example, a sample of the books published between 1985-2012 which made use of the Institute's library and archive - on the Publications page here.
The Landscape Institute's library is now integrated into the larger MERL library holdings. Users can now search for specialist books on the University of Reading's General Catalogue. The specialist periodicals and journals from the Institute's library will be added to this general catalogue with a completion date likely in August 2016. A list of periodical titles can be found on MERL's LI web pages.
"the direct, uninterpreted and authentic voice of the past: the primary evidence of what people did and what they thought..The archival record is the foundation on which we build all our histories"
Archives for the 21st Century (Crown Copyright 2009) Archive Hub
Call for back copies of Landscape Institute Yearbooks 1982-2008
The Landscape Institute's Yearbook 2007 states: 'Directory of Registered Landscape Practices. First published March 1982; Revised May 1983, and each year 1985-2007. Renamed Directory of Registered Landscape Practices January 1990. Renamed Directory of Registered Practices and Groups January 2006. Renamed Landscape Institute Yearbook 2007 incorporating Directory of Registered Practices and Groups November 2006'
Please let either FOLAR or MERL know if you would be willing to donate any copies. The aim is for a complete run to add to the Landscape Institute's institutional records deposited at MERL.