Powell, Sir Philip. (16 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Interviewees

    Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 16. Philip Powel [PP] explains how they got the job to design Museum of London, the client being the Government, the City and the GLC. The original site was to be Ironmonger Halls but they did not get permission to pull it down so had to build around it. Took part in working out the brief, visiting museums in USA, Mexico and Europe. Difficulties of Museum site and the approach to it - the roundabout and how they dealt with it. Discusses features they had to bring in e.g. Lord Mayor's coach once a year and a chronological circuit and courtyard from Roman times to present day. They worked with exhibition designers for display work and he describes some of these features. Architect, Ian Ritchie, now considering extension to Museum. PP approves.

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