John Evelyn, the 17th-century diarist whose Restoration diary is recognised as the most extensive and informative record of a momentous period, even advised Samuel Pepys on libraries. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at his legacy.
About 50,000 years ago, Britain had great forests and populations of megafauna that most people would find it hard to believe inhabited this country, says Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. They included the cave hyena, sabre-toothed cats, the cave lion, the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros and Irish elk […]
Research librarian Andrea Meyer Ludowisy recalls the thrill of being invited to talk about Professor William Rose, a translator and proponent of a new psychoanalytical approach to German studies, and Sigmund Freud’s influence on his work. Professor Rose’s literary archive is held by Senate House Library,
May 2019 sees the 150th anniversary of the first examination sat by women students at a British university. Dr Philip Carter, of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), considers the challenges and the questions they faced. Over the week of 3–7 May, the IHR will be tweeting questions from each of the papers they sat. See how […]
Robinson Crusoe has a strong claim to being the first real novel in English as well as the first colonial adventure story. But has it provided a fascinating legacy? Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books and university art, thinks so.
In September 2018, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) launched Layers of London – a new website that enables the mapping and sharing of London’s history through community participation. The project is now engaging thousands of Londoners from across the city’s 32 boroughs, providing them with training and tools to explore and widely share their […]
Rights for women: London’s pioneers in their own words is a free exhibition at Senate House Library (SHL), which runs from 16 July–15 December. It explores the famous and also lesser-known stories of more than 50 female pioneers who used London as a platform to campaign and advance equality for women in the areas of […]
Image: © Mark Mitchell Dr Richard Espley, head of modern collections at Senate House Library, explores highlights from its collection of queer literature and introduces ‘Queer between the Covers’, the University of London’s latest exhibition and events series at the library.
American geographer, author and travel writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes Adom Philogene Heron on a journey through the Caribbean while discussing his new book, Island People, and the late CLR James whose personal papers are housed in Senate House Library.
During F Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime, Hollywood released six films based on his works. Below, Martina Mastandrea, whose PhD thesis focuses on the complex relationship between Fitzgerald and these silent film adaptations produced between 1920 and 1926, explains how she rediscovered the first and only extant silent film entirely based on the author’s work.