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Not with words but with things

Objects and their meaning in an academic library

Running from Monday, January 18, 2016 until Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Senate House Library has amassed numerous artefacts, to support teaching, to record the history of the University of London, to honour their original owners or simply as curiosities. Amongst the Library’s millions of printed volumes and archival papers, the ultimate significance of these objects is often unclear or contentious. An eclectic mass of hair samples, works of art, ancient writing, medals and coins leave the Library as a secular reliquary and a private museum as well as a centre of learning. This exhibition showcases some of the most remarkable objects and encourages viewers to reflect on their lasting meaning.

This exhibition is free and open to all.




  1. 4th Floor
  2. 5th Floor
  3. 7th Floor