Seventy years ago, on the 8 June 1949, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published here in London. Over the years, the imaginative dystopian world created by Orwell would have a huge influence on our language and become an important part of London’s literary history.
Library life - behind the scenes
The Vye donation is significant for the University of London. It is the first bulk donation of books and the first group of antiquarian books to have entered the University, arriving as early as 1838, only two years after the University’s foundation. As Nathaniel Vye (1791-1840), a medical practitioner in Ilfracombe, Devon, was not a University man, the gift indicates early good will among the wider British public towards the University.
Senate House Library staff have discovered a very rare book detailing what appears to be a unique benefit concert held in the 18th century.
Happy International Women's Day! As part of the Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion exhibition, staff have started a project to develop and diversify our magic collection, specifically focusing on female magicians and women practising magic, dedicating some funds from the 'staff collection development scheme' to acquire materials.
For this year's World Book Day, Senate House Library staff share some of their favourites from our collections...
Some British Ballads (1919?) by Francis James Child & It A Come (1986) by Michael Smith
Senate House Library has a new electronic resource: ‘the Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: the Critical Edition’, the first four volumes of which have currently been released.
Orlando Harrison, Senate House Library's artist in residence, writes about his recent discoveries while working on material for a performance and installation based on the Radical Voices Exhibition.