Friends week: RA Library and archive tour

Behind the scenes at the RA

Friends events

  • 15 May 2017, 10.45am — 12pm

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Join Archivist Mark Pomeroy and Head of the RA Library Adam Waterton as they uncover some of the most treasured items from the RA Collection. This Friends week tour will highlight key pieces from the colourful history of the Friends of the RA.

Established to serve the needs of the Royal Academicians and students in the RA Schools, the RA’s Library is one of the world’s most significant resources for the historical study of British art from 1760 to the present day. It is the oldest institutional fine-arts library in the United Kingdom. It houses significant collections of books and materials relating to British art and its history, as well as the history of the RA, Royal Academicians, RA Schools students, exhibitions and collections since the mid-18th century.

Housed in a beautiful and historic building, the Library provides a tranquil and fascinating glimpse into the history of the RA and its role in British art through the past three centuries. To start discovering the collection, explore our collection and research website.

Tickets to this event include a donation to support the redevelopment of the Royal Academy. For nearly 250 years, the RA has been a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Thank you for supporting the future of the Royal Academy by participating in this event.

Booking is essential for this event; if you wish to bring a guest please book one ticket for each person.

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Meet in the Academicians Room at 10.45am for tea and coffee. Tour begins at 11am.

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  • 15 May 2017, 10.45am — 12pm

The Academicians' Room, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£25. Includes tea and coffee in the Academicians' Room and a donation to support the redevelopment of the Royal Academy. Friends only.

Booking is now open to Friends of the RA.

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