The collection was founded in 1979 by Monica Pidgeon (long-time editor of the influential magazine Architectural Design) so as to be able to hear the actual voices of the designers of buildings and listen to their ideas. Monica sadly died in 2009 at the age of 95 (there is a video of her memorial service in November 2009 on the website). Her work of producing new recordings for the website is being continued by Peter Murray. Peter trained as an architect but moved into architectural writing and editing. He worked as Technical Editor of Architectural Design under Monica Pidgeon, edited Building Design and the RIBA Journal before founding Blueprint Magazine. He is Chairman of the New London Architecture centre, chairman of Wordsearch, a consultancy explaining and promoting architecture, planning and the built environment, and he is Founder Director of the London Festival of Architecture.
The original series took the form of a series of tape/slide talks, each consisting of a 30 minute audio-cassette and 24 time-coded colour slides. In order to preserve this archive the audio and the images have been carefully digitised and presented as online time-coded presentations. In addition the digitised images have been tagged and now form a searchable online image library for use by students and academics.
You can access Pidgeon Digital here; http://library.liv.ac.uk/record=b3002109~S8