Colin Thom and Adriano Aymonino explore one of the last great collections of unpublished eighteenth-century letters, written by the Adam brothers during their respective Grand Tours. Robert and James Adam are among the greatest architects of eighteenth-century Britain. The aim of this digitisation project is to present their letters and writings as a freely available, open-access, fully searchable database.

This project was supported by a Digital Project Grant.

Find out more about the project at

  • Headshot of Colin Thom against grey background.

    Colin Thom is a Senior Historian with the Survey of London at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also teaches architectural history and theory. He co-edited the Survey’s recent South-East Marylebone volumes (PMC / YUP, 2017), which won the SAHGB’s Colvin Prize for 2018, for the most outstanding work of reference on an architectural subject. Colin studied Robert Adam’s architecture at Glasgow University under the acclaimed Adam scholar A. A. Tait and recently published a new multi-author book on Adam, Colin Thom (ed.), Robert Adam and his Brothers (Historic England, 2019), now available via Liverpool University Press.

  • Adriano Aymonino Headshot

    Adriano Aymonino is Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the Department of History of Art at the University of Buckingham and Programme Director for the MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting. He has curated several exhibitions, such as Drawn from the Antique: Artists and the Classical Ideal, held at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London in 2015. His book Enlightened Eclecticism was published by Yale University Press in June 2021. He is currently working on a revised edition of Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny’s Taste and the Antique (2022); and on a critical edition of Robert Adam's Grand Tour correspondence, which will be hosted on the Sir John Soane’s Museum website (2023)He is also co-editor of the series Paper Worlds published by MIT Press and associate editor of the Journal of the History of Collections