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This walk, commissioned last year by the History of Libraries Research Seminar, will carry you back through time to find out about the Second World War’s impact on London’s libraries. You are invited to spend a summer evening discovering how librarians, publishers and printers responded to conditions in London between 1939 and 1945.
From Chancery Lane to the streets of Bloomsbury, Alice Ford-Smith will guide you through a book-focussed account of the Second World War. You will hear of lives lost, bombed buildings and destroyed books but also tales of resilience, ingenuity and a thirst for knowledge.
Foyle's Special Collections Library, Maughan Library, King's College