When the League of Nations - the first worldwide cross-government peace organisation - was set up in 1920 as part of the agreement of the Treaty of Versailles, it had one main mission; maintain world peace. Certainly no easy task.
Spotlight on exhibitions, displays and events
The extraordinary courage of many of those involved in protest was one of things that most struck me whilst doing the research as a co-curator for the exhibition Writing in Times of Conflict.
The Greenham Common protests were of seminal importance to the peace movement and the changing nature of protest itself, making them a crucial component of our latest exhibition Writing in Times of Conflict.
New exhibition explores power of writing for peace from end of the Great War in 1919 to Greta Thunberg in 2019
From the end of the Great War in 1919 to Greta Thunberg in 2019, a new exhibition Writing in Times of Conflict explores the power of words in striving for peace and reconciliation during conflict over the last 100 years through 100 books, photos & archives. It’s free and open to the public until 14 December 2019 at Senate House Library, University of London.
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.
In our current exhibition, Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion, one of our themes is ‘Masters of Magic and Their Influence.’ Here you can see items relating to some of the great conjurors: John Henry Anderson and Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, who popularised magic as a theatrical art in the 19th century, female magicians Adelaide Herrmann and Mercedes Talma, and the masters of the American stage such as Howard Thurston and Harry Houdini.
Successfully performing a magical illusion demands a wide range of knowledge and skill. This includes an understanding of certain scientific principles and embracing the advances technology brings: magic, like science, is always changing but similarly many of its fundamental principles stay the same.
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.