BIID Tour of the RIBA Archive with Visit to the V&A

Thursday 29th November 2018


Thursday 29th November 2018


10:15am to 4:00pm


RIBA | 66 Portland Place | London | W1B 1AD


  • BIID Members / £35.00
  • Students / £20.00

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The BIID are very excited to announce an exclusive BIID Member tour of the Royal Institute of British Architects and visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Join expert curators as they guide you through the wonderful world of 66 Portland Place and into the collections of rare books and photographs of the RIBA Reading Room.

Then journey to the V&A for a tour of the impressive Architecture Gallery and delve into the world of the RIBA Drawings and Architects collection in the beautifully appointed V&A + RIBA study rooms.

An amazing opportunity not to be missed to explore behind the scenes of one of Britain’s greatest institutions, exclusive for BIID members. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


10.15-10.30   Arrive 66 Portland Place, Reception
10:30-11:15   Guided tour of 66 Portland Place
11:15-11:30   Welcome & introduction to the collections, Library Reading Room
11:30-11:45   Guided tour, Library Reading Room
11:45-12:15   RIBA Rare Books Collection, Library Reading Room
12:15-12:45   RIBA Photographs Collection, Library Reading Room
12:45-13:00   Questions       
13.00-13.30   Travel to V&A (travel costs not included)
13.30-14.25   Lunch in the V&A Cafe (not compulsory, lunch price not included)
14.25-14.30   Meet with the curators at the Blavatnik Hall Entrance
14:30-15:00   V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery tour
14:15-16:00   RIBA Drawings & Architects Collection, V&A+RIBA Study Rooms
16:00            FINISH


Walking is involved in this tour, if you have any access issues, please inform the organiser beforehand

Public transport will be used to travel between the two venues. The proposed route is London Underground Regent Street Station to South Kensington Station which takes approx. 30 mins. Travel costs are not covered in your ticket price and must be paid for separately by each attendee on the day.

Lunch will be at the V&A Café but seating is not reserved and is not compulsory. To view the menu please visit their web page for further information:


An insight into the rare books, photographs and collections of the RIBA in a small group with expert curators and guides.


BIID Registered Interior Designers, BIID Associates and Provisional Associates and BIID Student members.

As this is an exclusive event for BIID members only, we regret that your ticket will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a member, please note this to avoid disappointment.

Testimonials from last year’s tour

‘It was an extremely good day and it made me aware of the facilities that I didn’t know I was able to use such as [the] RIBA library’ BIID Member

‘…very good opportunity to know the history of RIBA.’ BIID Member

Additional information

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

When booking please provide the name of the person who will be attending the event - we will use this for their delegate badge and materials.

All BIID events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

If you have any queries please email us at or call 020 7628 0255