Radical Voices at Senate House library

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Radical Voices at Senate House library


Wed, 28/12/2016 - 15:34


28 December, 2016

THE frightening rise of political extremism in mainstream politics means that, as years go, 2016 isn’t going to be remembered fondly.

But as the new year starts, if you are looking for inspiration to help make the world a better place, the Senate House library in Bloomsbury could be a good place to start.

The library is hosting Radical Voices, an exhibition celebrating individuals and groups who fought for social and political reform. 

The library is a treasure trove of original research – and is packed with information and artefacts that illustrate revolutionary thought down the decades. Among the items on show are suffragette badges, tickets to a “Great Socialist Demonstration” in Watford in the very early 20th century, a petition signed by British and European women doctors including Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, and 100 years’ worth of handbooks providing legal advice to protesters.

“Revealing this dynamic strand not only sheds light on enormously influential but subsequently neglected figures, campaigns and organisations, but also on the university’s own institutional history, and potential futures,” says Senate House librarian Jackie Marfleet.

The library is also hosting a film night during the season, featuring Bette Davis as a censorship-fighting librarian in 1956’s Storm Center and a BFI presentation on radical film to a viewing of Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45 documentary.

 The exhibition runs from January 16-March 31. See www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/

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