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Monday, February 20, 2006

Senate House Library

Todays picture is of the fine building of Senate House, which houses the University of London Library. Apart from being an astonishing research resource, there is a little bit of their background which is amusing enough to warrant repeating.

The library was looking for a home after the war, so they were given an older building to use, which they fitted out as required. Unfortunately, when they put books on the shelves, they found that it was all too heavy and the shelves were pulled off the walls, and floors collapsed. So they got this built.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 4

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Blogger Eric said ... (09:46) : 

So, you're back! How was this little break?! Welcome back to LondonDailyPhoto...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (14:29) : 

Runour has it that if Hitler had invaded England in 1940, it would be this building that the Nazi Headquaters would have been housed in.



Blogger geneline said ... (18:47) : 

If I get it right, the germans would have settled in the collapsing old building!


Blogger ian said ... (00:22) : 

Nice story. Not sure how much of it was based in fact though, what with Senate House being built in 1936 and housing the Ministry of Information during the second world war. (More information )

You might notice its similarity to distant stations on the piccadilly line by the same architect, Charles Holden.


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