Access to Pidgeon Digital
As well as being able to borrow books from the Loan Library, RIBA members can now enjoy personal access to Pidgeon Digital, a collection of online illustrated talks by architects and designers. Through Pidgeon Digital, members can listen to talks dating back to 1979 by architects such as Cedric Price and Maxwell Fry, and recent talks by Peter Eisenman and Daniel Libeskind.
RIBA members wishing to access Pidgeon Digital should email:
In addition to this service, the Library has recordings of talks that have been held at the RIBA since the 1970s, which are available to all visitors to the Library's Reading Room at 66 Portland Place.
Go to What's On for details of the RIBA's current programme of talks and events.
Monica Pidgeon (1913 - 2009)
'Monica Pidgeon never lost her view that architecture and architects were agents of social change and improvement.' (Peter Murray, Architects' Journal, 24 September 2009)
Pidgeon Digital was begun by Monica Pidgeon and is the online version of The Pidgeon Audiovisual Collection. Soon after leaving the RIBA Journal, where she was editor from 1975 to 1979, she founded the collection so that packs of talks and slides could be distributed to libraries and schools of architecture and made available to students and architects.
In the collections of the Library are some of these original packs dating from 1979 to 2002. She was editor of Architectural Design magazine from 1946 until her move to the RIBA Journal, and she was an influential figure in post-war architecture. Monica was involved in the founding of the Union International des Architectes (UIA) and present at the first CIAM (Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne) meetings after World War II.
Luckily for history, Monica was an avid record keeper of such events and of her travels using her camera. Today her photographic archive is held by the RIBA Library Photographs Collections; a selection of images from this archive can be seen on RIBApix.