Adult learners

Talks and events

Participants looking at original collection material, Closer Look talk, Victoria and Albert Museum

Participants looking at original collection material during a Closer Look talk, V&A

Closer Look talks

Closer Look talks are devised and led by curators of the RIBA's collection and give you a free opportunity to enjoy and intimate talk on a particular theme looking at material from the collections at either the Victoria and Albert Museum or 66 Portland Place. 

These talks are free, but limited spaces so ticketed on a first come first served basis on the day. Tickets available from the main Information Desk on the day of the talk. Please meet at the Grand Entrance at 12.55.

The next talk will be announced soon and details will be available online in What's On.


Previous talks:

  • Goldfinger’s Neighbourhood Unit Exhibition
  • John Buonarotti Papworth
  • Decimus Burton
  • Colour in Architectural Photography
  • Caribbean Homes by Ray Nathaniels 
  • James Stuart and the Birth of the Greek Revival
  • Nations on Display: Exhibition Pavilion Design

Check our blog to read about previous Closer Look talks


Recorded Closer Look talks:

Curator Dr Irena Murray looks at the work of Decimus Burton, an architect whose work can be seen in Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Kew Gardens

V&A, 2012 (30mins:41s)


Curator Justine Sambrook takes a closer look at colour in architectural photography from the 19th century to the present day

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, 2012 (21min:20s)


Other events and activities

RIBA offers a huge variety of talks, events and exhibitions – please see the What's On guide for details.


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