FULLY BOOKED - Guided tour of 66 Portland Place and curator-led tour of RIBA’s exhibition on the Manplan series, Wide-Angle View

Guided tour of 66 Portland Place and curator-led tour of RIBA’s exhibition on the Manplan series, Wide-Angle View

Tuesday, 19th March 2024 | 18:00 – 19:30

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Join SAVE Britain’s Heritage for a private guided tour of the 1930s landmark headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at 66 Portland Place, London. Explore one of the finest original art deco interiors in London, including the grand central staircase, council chamber, Florence Hall and Jarvis Auditorium*. The steel-framed and reinforced concrete building, adorned in Portland stone, was designed by George Grey Wornum and is a blend of art deco and late neoclassical styles. It achieved grade II* status in 1970.

Following our RIBA building tour, our group will get special access to the current exhibition Wide-Angle View: Architecture as social space in the Manplan series 1969-70. Our host will be Valeria Carullo, curator of the RIBA Photographs Collection and lead curator for the exhibition. 

The Manplan project by The Architectural Review, was a survey in the late 1960s of British architecture and its societal impact. Offering a unique insight of Britain at this time, the exhibition showcases the magazine’s bold and innovative approach. More than 70 original photographs by renowned photographers including Ian Berry, Patrick Ward and Tony Ray-Jones will be on display.

Meet:                   66 Portland Place, London W1B 1NR for a prompt start at 18:00
Tickets:               Friends & Saviours £15 | General public £20 (plus Eventbrite booking fee.)

*Please note last-minute room hires may limit access to certain areas

Images: Left: RIBA HQ, 66 Portland Place (Credit: Philip Vile); top & bottom right: Thamesmead (Credit: Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections)