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The Thorp Archive
AUB is the proud custodian of the Thorp Architectural Modelmaking Archive, a unique collection of photographs and documents charting the history of Thorp Modelmakers, the oldest architectural modelmakers in Britain.
Founded by John Thorp in 1883, the company’s archive provides an insight into the origins and development of architectural modelmaking as a professional practice, as well as a remarkable resource for architectural historians, through the company’s work producing thousands of architectural models over more than a century.
The archive includes:
- Photographs of architectural models made between 1890 and 1996
- Business documents including ledgers, payroll records, and correspondence
- Marketing materials
- Press cuttings
Cataloguing and conserving the tens of thousands of items within the collection is an ongoing process, and a searchable online catalogue is forthcoming.
Before this is available, research enquiries can be directed to email@example.com.