Library life - behind the scenes

Building Literary History

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.

31 May 2019
Rebecca Simpson

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.

29 Mar 2019
Dr Karen Attar

SHL Staff Share Their Favourites for World Book Day

For this year's World Book Day, Senate House Library staff share some of their favourites from our collections... 

MichaelSome British Ballads (1919?) by Francis James Child & It A Come (1986) by Michael Smith 

7 Mar 2019
Research Collections

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

Sound art residency: Radical Voices - Second Report

Orlando Harrison, Senate House Library's artist in residence, writes about his recent discoveries while working on material for a performance and installation based on the Radical Voices Exhibition.

9 Feb 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