The Brooking National Architectural Museum – an architectural journey of delight with significant details of the history of sash windows.
I had the good fortune to meet with the founder, Charles Brooking to view a small selection of his unique collection which was started in 1966. I could have stayed for hours just drinking in both the exhibits but moreover the specialist knowledge and insight that Charles provides.
The Brooking National Architectural Museum is a registered charity - affectionately known as “The Brooking Collection” and is the only major national collection of its kind in the U.K., physically charting the evolution of British building details over the last 500 years.
Very much designed as an accessible resource for people involved in architectural preservation and restoration projects, they run courses which are attended by a variety of people from Conservation Officers, students as well as private individuals. A visit to the Museum, which is based in Cranleigh, Surrey can be arranged by contacting Charles through the link on the web site below.
Additionally Charles provides a consultancy service and will be pleased to discuss any specific needs relating to projects where his expertise will prove beneficial.
Contact can be made through the web site http://www.thebrookingcollection.org where there are two excellent videos – one which gives a wider insight into the collection and the second, “Windows into Venice” features preparations for the Brooking’s display at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in June 2014.
Below is a very small selection of photographs showing some of the exceptional articles that are available in the museum – these are reproduced with the kind permission of the Museum.