The extraordinary influence of the mainly unbuilt 1961-1974 architectural group Archigram is internationally acknowledged. Exhibitions of their work have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, they were awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002, and they are recognised influences on many of the world's greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Yet the bulk of their visionary work has to date remained difficult to access, largely stored in domestic conditions or temporary storage. In collaboration with the remaining members of Archigram or their heirs, and funded by a £304,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a team from the University of Westminster has formed an online, searchable database of all the available works of Archigram for study by architectural specialists and the general public.
The Archigram Archival Project (AAP) is a purely digital resource, displaying digital versions of works held in many different collections. The main collections are the Archigram Archive, held and run by Dennis Crompton and the Ron Herron Archive, held and run by Simon Herron, but work from other personal Archigram collections and public collections has also been made available through this current project.
The AAP and the University does not own any of the work, nor does it hold copyright of these original items. Items can be viewed openly online at a restricted resolution as agreed with Archigram; however, a high-resolution version may be seen by bona-fide researchers by appointment at the University of Westminster. Please refer to the university's archive for further information and to request permission. Copyright remains with the original authors of the work, and their permission must be sought for any reproduction. See terms and conditions for further details.
Almost 10,000 items are included in this archive, including digital versions of drawings, collages, paintings, photographs, magazines, articles, slides and multi-media material, accompanied by original texts by Archigram wherever these are available. Around half of these items belong to the 202 projects currently listed and given project numbers by Dennis Crompton in the Archigram Archives. The rest are supporting and contextual material such as letters, photos, texts and additional projects provided by the depositors.
The AAP focuses on the main Archigram period of 1961-1974, but includes all the projects, both before and after these dates, which have been included in the project list of the Archigram Archives at the time of doing the project. The main omissions from the Archigram Archival Project website are the films, television programmes and audio-visual material which for technical or copyright reasons cannot be included at this stage. Some projects and project material have been lost over the years; both we and Archigram members would welcome approaches from anyone holding material or copies of material which is not included here.
The team from EXP (the research centre for Experimental Practice) which ran the AAP was led by Dr Kester Rattenbury (Principal Investigator) and Professor Murray Fraser (Co-Investigator). The Project Manager was Clare Hamman and the website design was by Filip Visnjic and Pierpaolo Di Panfilo with Professor Stephen Winter of the Centre for Parallel Computing in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Westminster.
We are deeply indebted to Dennis Crompton for his help in accessing and helping us to understand the Archigram Archive; and would like to offer our extensive gratitude to Sir Peter Cook, David Greene and Michael Webb for also providing items from their own private collections. We would also like to thank Simon Herron and Susanne Isa for providing access to the Herron Archive; and Daphne Chalk-Birdsall and Gail Murray for their continued enthusiasm, support and help in dealing with the archive of their father, Warren Chalk.
In addition to the Archigram members and their heirs, we would also like to thank the following people for their help, without whom this project would not have been possible:
Will Alsop; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Marie-Ange Brayer; Haig Beck; Fred Birdsall; Ed Blake; Dr John Bold; Annie Bridges; Ian Broadbridge; Dr Barnabas Calder; Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA); Helen Castle; Steven Connor; The London Consortium; Jackie Cooper; Michael Chalk; Professor Beatriz Colomina; Dr Ben Cranfield; Catherine Crompton; Dan Crompton; Teo Cruz; Professor Barry Curtis; Deutsches Architektur Museum (DAM); Charlotte Doyle; Thierry Delaitre; Richard Difford; Paul Finch; Professor Adrian Forty; FRAC Centre, Orleans; Ellen Gadsden; James Gardener; Simon Glasser; Reena Gogna; Jack Gregory; Rebecca Gregory; Eleanor Green; Samantha Hardingham; Katharine Heron; Marjorie Hoek; Hans Hollein; Professor Andrew Holmes; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); Sam Jacob; Professor Alan Jago; Paul Khera; Dr Nick Lambert; Phyllis Lambert; Joe Laslett; Dr David Lawrence; Tea Lim; Kieran Long; Irena Murray; Dr Yat Ming Loo; Emma McDowell; Jérémie McGowan; William Menking; Irena Murray; Peter Murray; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Nicholas Naidu; Jennifer Nightingale; Eoin O’Dwyer; Ivan Ortega; Charles Page; Mike Parry; Emily Pavlatou; Elaine Penn; Denis Postle; Shelley Power; Alison Redmond; Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA); Daniel Rodea Ryan; Dr Eve Roy; Professor Simon Sadler; Professor Leon van Schaik; Howard Schubert; Lyndsey Seddon; Tania Sengupta; Dr Hadas Steiner; Tate Museum; Karen Tai; Professor Joram Ten Brink; Professor Jeremy Till; Victoria and Albert Museum; Brenda Weeden; Oliver Westgarth; Mark Wigley; Kirk Wooller; Lauren Wright; Joanna van Zeeland