THE BROOKING NATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM
Registered Charity Number 1155363
What is The Brooking National Collection?
Expanding The Collection
Many items are recovered just before or during demolition or alteration work – usually, by Charles himself. Information about potential discoveries can come by word of mouth, or from an alert by construction companies and property developers. Offers come also from The Royal Collection, the National Trust, English Heritage, local authorities, owners of country estates, and so on.
Much of the process comes from co-
The Brooking National Collection of Architectural Detail is the only major national
resource of its kind in the UK. Using thousands of carefully-
The Collection’s founder, Charles Brooking, has rescued architectural features from all over the British Isles, from Jersey to John O’Groats. Since 1966 he has retrieved them from iconic buildings that range from the humble terrace house and vernacular cottage, to great country estates and Royal palaces.
This invaluable archive is legendary in the world of conservation, and has much to
teach anyone with an interest in Britain’s rich architectural heritage. It is unique
in offering a ‘hands-
“The importance of the
Brooking Collection can
scarcely be over-
It is extraordinary and
illumination of a significant
part of our history.”
Close attention is paid to the social hierarchy of detail and joinery, so important
in historic buildings. Pieces preserved range from the spectacular to the ordinary,
and sometimes the banal. All have their place, even numerous examples of the once-
The Collection does not discriminate between the humblest and the grandest,’ says Charles Brooking. ‘Nobody else, no other Collection does this – to embrace the everyday as well as the privileged.’
A 1760’s doorcase (left) being erected at an exhibition at Islington in 1999.
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