Landscape Institute archive and library

The Landscape Institute was founded in 1929 as the Institute of Landscape Architects. It is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. As a professional body the institute works to improve the planning and design of the urban and rural landscape, accredit university courses and promote the professional development of landscape architects.

The Institute built up a collection of library books and archives relating to the practice of design and management with the purpose of creating a national landscape collection. The library was formally established in 1967 with the archive collections starting in the 1990s as landscape architects died and their collections were bequeathed, donated, or actively collected by the Institute.

Access to the collections was initially for Institute members only, but over time researchers and the wider public have been using the collections in all manner of work. The library includes books and journals about landscape architecture, garden history and landscape and urban planning. The archive contains press cuttings, minutes, membership lists, financial papers, Institute publications, slide library and an album containing the Institute's royal seal, logo and name badge.

The associated archive collections include the business records of significant landscape architects including founder member of the Institute Geoffrey Jellicoe. 

Associated collections:

Michael Brown collection

Brenda Colvin Collection

Sylvia Crowe collection

Preben Jakobsen collection

Geoffrey Jellicoe collection

Susan Jellicoe photographic collection

Peter Shepheard collection

Clifford Tandy photographic collection

Marian Thompson collection

Milner White collection

Moore Piet +Brookes Collection

Access to collections

December 2016

A Landscape Explorer has been produced to provide students with landscape themed dissertation topic ideas and resources suggestions. 

Processing of collections received from the LI continues.  Much of the original deposit is now catalogued and available to view via our Reading Room.  To order material: search our archive and library enterprise catalogue here; then book an appointment with our Reading Room by contacting

We have produced handlists for several of the larger archival collections, these are listed above.

Much of the LI archive collection is stored off-site.  Please contact us at to order material in advance of your visit. 

A selection of journal titles received from the LI have been catalogued and are available on site at MERL.  This is includes the institutional journal of the LI. 

As ever, please feel free to contact us on for more information. 

More information

  • Reference number: SR LI

  • A full description of the corporate records of the Landscape Institute are available on the online database or download a pdf (648 KB)   

  • Read the MERL blog for regular updates on cataloguing, research and events
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