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Orwell Prize and Orwell Archive united

26 October 2016

Prestigious political writing award The Orwell Prize has moved to the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, making its new home close to UCL Special Collection’s Orwell Archive. The Archive is the most comprehensive body of research material relating to George Orwell anywhere.

Read more about the Orwell Prize’s move to UCL and watch this video about its significance.

Video - The Orwell Prize moves to UCL

Gill Furlong, Head of UCL Special Collections and Rare Books, UCL Library Services said:

" “I’m delighted that the Orwell Prize has moved to UCL, where we keep the Orwell Archive. The collection of manuscripts, notebooks, original dust jackets and correspondence shows how Orwell’s literary work came to life, and gives a sense of the man behind Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell (real name Eric Blair) spent his last days in University College Hospital, and his first wife, Eileen, was a UCL student, so it is a welcome development that the prize named in his memory and his collections are situated in this district.”

The move comes at a particularly exciting time for UCL Special Collections as we prepare to open our new reading room to allow wider access to the collection for research and public engagement, as well as supporting UCL’s distinctive Connected Curriculum, by enabling UCL students to work on these research materials. We’ll be announcing more on the opening of our new reading room soon.

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