Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

Paul R. Joyce

Photographic portrait of Paul Joyce looking at camera wearing large glasses and striped shirt on 21 boxes, 15 index card boxes, 19 portfolios. This material has been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details (Ref PRJ). An introduction to this archive, including an online gallery of selected material, can be viewed on the Collections in Focus feature.

The archive contains research material created and collected by Joyce in connection with his life-long interest in Victorian architecture. The majority of the files concern Joyce’s extensive work on George Edmund Street (1824-81), collating detailed study on the architect’s known works. This includes photographs of building exteriors and interiors, meticulous index card notes on features and fittings, correspondence with architectural historians and students, Victorian newspaper cuttings and notes on Street’s writing and lectures.

A highlight of the archive is the collection of original plans and designs Joyce assembled for G.E. Street buildings, numbering at over one hundred drawings. In addition to the Street material, there are image files and index cards relating to research Joyce carried out in the 1970s for an unpublished dictionary of Victorian architects which he was to have written with Professor J. Mordaunt Crook.

The Centre also holds material from Joyce’s library.

Paul R. Joyce (1934-2014) was an architectural draughtsman who worked for the architect Roderick Gradidge in the 1970s. Joyce had a strong interest in conservation and although he published little of his own research, he was the acknowledged authority on George Edmund Street for over 40 years.