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Upgrade to reading room lighting

We will be upgrading the lamps in two of our reading rooms during the week of 17 September. The rooms will be closed for a short time, and a retrieval service will be in operation, while this work takes place.
10 Sep 2018


The revolutionary summer of 1773: London publishes the first African-American poet

In the summer of 1773, 245 years ago, cultural revolution was in the air in London. It had been a year after the landmark Mansfield ruling that would begin to see slavery gradually outlawed in England. At the same time, over in Boston in the US, the American Revolution was gathering pace, with the Boston Tea Party only a few months away. With war bubbling in the background, relations between London and Boston were tense but one young girl would rise above it.    

21 Aug 2018
Rebecca Simpson