Library life - behind the scenes

Our Oldest and Our Newest: The Vye Collection

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.

Hocus Pocus: Exploring Women’s Presence in The World of Magic

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.  

Radical Sounds

Sound Artist in Residence, Orlando Harrison, discusses four audio pieces created as part of the Radical Voices exhibition season. Each work is included in the post, offering an exclusive chance for you to listen online.

19 May 2017
Orlando Harrison

Churchill Archive

The Churchill Archive database is now available onsite in Senate House Library. Find out more about this digital library of modern international history, as well as the best way to access the resource.


27 Jan 2017
Charlotte McDonaugh

Sound art residency: Radical Voices - first report.

I find myself alone in a little glass box on the fourth floor of a some kind of magnificent fortress called Senate House. My sentence: three months. My punishment: to try to represent the entire history of political radicalism in the form of Sound. My crime? I’ve asked around, but no-one seems to know. Or they’re refusing to tell me…

13 Jan 2017
Orlando Harrison