Research Collections

Unlocking the power of youth: Clara Grant and her pioneering educational work in the East End of London

“ The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth ”, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General The universalism of these words to mark International Youth Day on 12 August, resonates with much of the work that Clara Ellen Grant (1867-1949), a London pioneer of infant children’s education, undertook in the East End in the early decades of the twentieth century.   Beginnings
12 Aug 2018
Dr Maria Castrillo

Una Marson: Writer, Activist & the first Black woman broadcaster at the BBC

Whilst Una Marson lived primarily in Jamaica she takes her place in a display of London women for the two relatively short, but densely active, periods of her life that she spent in the city: 1932-1936 and 1938-1946. Using images of Una Marson found within the Senate House Library modern collections periodicals, this blog seeks to highlight some moments of her London life.

6 Aug 2018
Leila Kassir

British Women’s Writing: Elizabeth Maslen Donation

Elizabeth Maslen, who has a long career within English literature academia, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Studies) and has written widely on women’s writing. She has recently donated over 150 books by British women writers of the early 20 th century to Senate House Library , many of which are hardback first editions. This post provides some context to the donation and highlights a small selection of the titles. Undervalued Women Writers
3 Aug 2018
Leila Kassir

#OnThisDay 51 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality

Today, 27 July 2018, marks 51 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality through The Sexual Offences Act 1967. The partial decriminalisation in 1967 was influenced by the conclusions of the Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution, published 10 years earlier in 1957. More readily known as the Wolfenden Report , it concluded that ‘homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be considered a criminal offence’.
27 Jul 2018
Scott Miles

George Eliot first editions on display in the Library

We have first editions, letters, and periodicals related to George Eliot’s life and work from our collections on display in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4th floor of the Library. This is inspired by and in support of the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week  at the Institute of English Studies. The display in the Library will continue up until Friday 1 June 2018. George Eliot as journalist and editor
24 May 2018
Tansy Barton

Celebrating George Eliot

Ahead of next year’s 250th anniversary of her birth, the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week at the Institute of English Studies takes George Eliot as its subject.  To mark this, a small display of material related to Eliot’s life and work will be in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4 th floor.  The Display’s features material from across the Library’s collections, including Eliot’s early periodical contributions, first editions and letters. Portrait of George Eliot c.1865 (Wikimedia Commons/BNF-Gallica) Marian Evans, journalist and editor
21 May 2018
Tansy Barton

The Queerness of Salomé - Putting the spotlight on Oscar Wilde's controversial one-act play

In art and literature of the last 130 years, few works have proven as controversial, as enduring, or as intrinsically queer as Oscar Wilde’s one-act play Salomé . Dr Will Visconti examines quite why there are such strong links between the figure of Salom é and queer or camp art, subculture and performance. Dover Publications Inc. edition of Salomé (1967)
27 Mar 2018
Dr Will Visconti

Amy Levy (1861-1889): a ‘Minor Poet’

Amongst the classic works of queer literature displayed in Senate House Library’s Queer Between the Covers exhibition – including texts by Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall - is a small book entitled A Minor Poet and Other Verse (T. Fisher Unwin, 1884). Amy Levy
22 Mar 2018
Leila Kassir