Library Services


A Capital City : London events and anniversaries in 2012

An exhibition of material from UCL Special Collections, SSEES and Cruciform Libraries, with additional items on loan from the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the UCL Union, February - November 2012.

UCL Library Services celebrated 2012 with exhibitions in the Main Library that focussed on key anniversaries with a London connection:

Charles Dickens at 200

Charles Dickens signature

Charles Dickens drew much inspiration from London in his writing and lived in and around Bloomsbury for many years. Items on display included correspondence with the nineteenth-century reformers Edwin Chadwick and Henry Brougham, who both had close links with UCL, as well as one of the first editions of Dickens' novels held by Special Collections.

An additional Dickens's London exhibition was arranged with the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and the Department of English Language and Literature.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth Coronation Tour outside UCH, June 1953

Special Collections holds the papers of Hugh Gaitskell, formerly Head of UCL's Department of Political Economy and later Leader of the Labour Party. This display drew primarily on documents from this collection relating to the Queen's coronation at Westminster Abbey in June 1953.

Sports ancient and modern

Royal Free Hospital and London School of Medicine for Women 100 Yds Challenge Cup

This display celebrated the Olympics and included items from Ancient Greece, when unity and physical prowess underlined the first Olympic Games, and papers from the Olympic Congress held in Paris in 1914, at which the symbol of five interlocking rings was adopted for the Olympic flag. The athletic achievements of UCL's students were also represented with team photographs and trophies from the nineteenth century to the present day.