Emerging research on the First World War, with History Lab

Evening talks, Thursday 26 February, 6pm in the Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library Senate House Library is very happy to welcome two members of History Lab, Jennifer Doyle and Kim Brice O’Donnell, to speak about their research on topics related to the First World War. History Lab is a network of postgraduate students… Continue reading Emerging research on the First World War, with History Lab

Magna Carta 1215–2015: England’s greatest export

The four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta will come together for the first time in history as part of a one-off event organised by the British Library to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the historic document. Julian Harrison, curator of medieval manuscripts at the British Library explains why it… Continue reading Magna Carta 1215–2015: England’s greatest export

Creole music of the French West Indies receives novel investigation  

Black Caribbean musical traditions are rich in variety and the biguine, originating before emancipation, epitomises French Antillean Creole music. In this post Dr John Cowley, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, discusses his essay ‘Mascarade, biguine and the bal nègre’, which traces the music from its origins in the French Antilles to the upsurge… Continue reading Creole music of the French West Indies receives novel investigation  

What should be seen in a Library?

  Senate House recently hosted a multi-disciplinary conference exploring the role libraries have played in restricting access to published works and archival materials deemed ‘erotic’. In this post, research librarian Richard Espley reflects on the irreconcilable demands often placed on libraries. During the recent Forbidden Access conference organised by the Institute of English Studies, libraries were portrayed… Continue reading What should be seen in a Library?

‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good’: a conference exhibition

Karen Attar (Senate House Library) For several years now Senate House Library has been supporting conferences hosted by SAS Institute’s wherever possible. Usually this is through small displays of books pertinent to the conference theme, to enhance the experience of conference delegates and demonstrate the relevance of library holdings – especially special collections holdings –… Continue reading ‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good’: a conference exhibition