Leaving a legacy to the RIBA, no matter what the size, can make a real difference across all the most important areas of our work: developing and preserving the library and archive, celebrating architectural and design excellence through the public programme and promoting architecture to future generations through education.
How legacies have made a difference to the RIBA:
Barry Lennox’s generous bequest to the RIBA Education Fund, in memory of his wife, Jayne Lennox, will be used to set up a series of scholarships to support UK architecture students. The RIBA Education Fund exists to help alieviate student financial hardship, widen participation and reduce drop out rates. Without the generosity of donors like Barry Lennox, we would not be able to help so many students through their architectural education.
Barry Lennox: Obituary
Barry Lennox was born on 27 June 1935 in Erith, Kent. He attended Dartford Grammar School. In 1953 at the age of 17, he replied to an advertisement to work in Southern Rhodesia and within a week was accepted. He emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in June 1953. His first appointment was with the Government Audit Office. He worked for various Departments of Internal Affairs, retiring as Assistant Secretary in 1980.
Barry returned to England quite a number of times and on one of his trips he met his future wife, Jayne - they both hailed the same taxi which they shared and three weeks later Jayne left England to join Barry in Southern Rhodesia.
Barry was very keen on Civil Service politics and served on the Committee of the Administrative and Executive Officers’ Association (ADEX), ultimately becoming Chairman. From 1977 to 1980 he was President of the Public Service Association (PSA) and in that capacity he went to the UK to endeavour to secure the pensions of Rhodesian Civil Servants.
Upon his permanent return to England in 1980, he was initially going to be a Constituency Agent for the Conservative Party, but after a year or so he started to work for the RIBA, Southern Region. He worked for the RIBA until retirement in 1997. Barry was instrumental in helping local architects and encouraged many to partake in their institute’s affairs. He was instrumental in organising the move to new offices in Kings Worthy, near Winchester.
Barry was not long in the UK before he was elected to the Council of the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association (OSPA) in May 1981.
Barry was the longest servicing OSPA Council member, continuously from then until his death, save only for a period of five years from 1999 to 2004 when he retired from his job with RIBA and relocated back to Devon. The two periods of his service amounted to 27 years. He was tireless in his total dedication to defending the interests of the former Rhodesian Public Service Pensioners.
Barry passed peacefully away, in a private ward at Teignmouth Hospital, Devon, on 3 November 2012, after suffering from Motor Neurone Disease for the last year. He was 77. His wife Jayne predeceased him by three and a half years.
Sir Denys Lasdun's archive
Sir Denys Lasdun, one of the leading architects of the 1960s, died in 2002, leaving an outstanding archive of architectural models, papers, drawings, photographs, film and audio. Offering exceptional insight into his work, and into the society, culture and politics of the second half of the 20th century, Lasdun fervently wanted his archive to be a resource for future generations – especially students – and believed that it should stay in Britain with the RIBA British Architectural Library as its custodian.
Keeling House, Bethnal Green. Architect: Sir Denys Lasdun (1956-1960)
Photograph by Tom Bell (1959)
Source: RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection
Following his intentions, the Lasdun family have supported the RIBA's project with enthusiasm. Preservation of the archive and access to it are key for anyone who wishes to understand the architectural politics as well as architectural development of the post-war period. In projects such as the Royal College of Physicians (1958-64), the University of East Anglia (1963-9), and the National Theatre (1964-76), Lasdun dealt with issues to do with healthcare, the expansion in higher education and Government support for the arts.
Cataloguing approximately 11,000 drawings, 25,000 photographs, 506 boxes of files, and 64 models and much audio-visual material took five years and was completed in autumn 2012, allowing access to the whole archive. A world-wide audience will be able to see items from the archive and considerable background information with the launch in summer 2014 of Lasdun Online, hosted on this website. The site will offer free access to a fully comprehensive illustrated list of Lasdun's projects both built and unbuilt, accompanied by analytical essays.