Special Collections

Buildings, books, blackboards and the beginnings of Senate House Library

‘Buildings, books and blackboards: intersecting narratives’ was the title of an international conference on the history of libraries and education held at the RMIT, Melbourne, Australia , 28 November – 1 December 2012. An examination of the early University of London Library covers all three categories: Buildings: when the University of London moved into its first purpose-built accommodation in Burlington Gardens in 1870 a large room was designated as the library, although its founding collections had not yet been given;
3 Dec 2012
Dr Karen Attar

The 'Senate House Library', book launch, 23rd November 2012

[IMAGE Senate House Library, book launch] [IMAGE Senate House Library, University of London book cover] The ‘Senate House Library, University of London’ book (often referred to as the ‘treasures book’) was launched on Friday last week. Professor Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of London, gave a speech, followed by Christopher Pressler, Director of Senate House Libraries. Guests at the event were treated to a live string quartet from the University of London’s, Royal Academy of Music.
26 Nov 2012
Dr Karen Attar

From the Reading Room.

[_CPH9319] IMAGE ['Cherries nice, cherries nice, come choose, Fresh and fair ones, who'll refuse?'] ‘Cherries nice, cherries nice, come choose, Fresh and fair ones, who’ll refuse?’
26 Nov 2012
Special Collections

Health in History

[A Choice Collection of Rare Secrets and Experiments in Philosophy: as also Rare and Unheard-of Medicines Sir Kenelm Digby, edited by George Hartmann London: for the author, 1682 *P [Digby]
29 Jun 2011
Special Collections

Walter de la Mare and T. Sturge Moore: Literary Champions

[IMAGE De La Mare] [IMAGE De La Mare] De la Mare The writers Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) and Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944) were acquaintances and almost exact contemporaries. Both were poets and literary critics in addition to following other bents: in Sturge Moore’s case, designing; in De la Mare’s, writing short stories and novels and anthologising. Both men had personal libraries, and both annotated their books – both their own writings and those of others.
1 Dec 2010
Special Collections

Restoration London

[IMAGE Loimotomia, or, The Pest Anatomized George Thomson London: N. Crouch, 1666 [B.L.] 1666 [Loimotomia] The physician George Thomson (1629-1677) settled in London in 1659 and remained there during the plague, studying the disease, curing some diseased people, selling medicaments and dissecting the body of a plague victim. This is the second of his two books about the plague.
22 Sep 2010
Special Collections

More than Bacon: Treasures from the Francis Bacon Society Library

<!--end .entry-details --><!--end .entry-header -->The Francis Bacon Society library, deposited at Senate House in 1956, focuses on works concerning Francis Bacon and his putative authorship of the plays of William Shakespeare. Yet unexpected items may be found in collections based around a particular subject, either because the collector considered them relevant for reasons not apparent to the general reader, or “just so”.
5 Feb 2008
Special Collections

Sir Louis Sterling and his Library Fifty Years at the University of London

[IMAGE Sir Louis Sterling] Sir Louis Sterling and his Library Fifty Years at the University of London 8th May – 15th December 2006 On the wall overlooking this exhibition area, to the left as you approach from the entrance to Senate House Library, is a large oil portrait of a gentleman holding a book in his left hand and a cigar in his right. This is Sir Louis Sterling (1879-1958), managing director of the record company EMI and bibliophile.
8 May 2006
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