Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By Steve Sharp - 17th May 2018 6:00pm
On Wednesday 9th May, 27 volunteers of the Haddenham Community Library visited the British Library (BL) on a trip brilliantly organised by librarian Alison Gilbert. The outing was a great success.
The group was received by BL staff and given a guided tour in two groups, each with an excellent guide. Most of the group had not visited before and were immensely impressed by the building's architecture and design and the story of how it came to be built. The architect was Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson. Building took 30 years, with political wrangles, overspends and planning issues, finally opening in 1997.
The library shares its collection with its branch at Boston Spa near Wetherby, which houses two thirds of everything. Orders to see a book are turned round in 70 minutes in London or two days if they are at Boston Spa, from where a truck travels every day.
The BL building has 1.6 KM of conveyor belt to bring books to readers from the stacks which include four basement levels with very sophisticated temperature and humidity controls. Every book and periodical published has to send a copy to the BL -they receive 10,000 every day. There are 62.5 KM of shelving.
Highlights of the visit included The Kings Library collection of King George the Third in which books are classified by shape, size, weight and colour — no Dewey decimal system! There are statues of the four founders, Hans Sloane, John Cotton, Joseph Banks and Thomas Grenville (of the Stowe family). The real highlight is probably the Treasures room with originals of Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, the Lindisfarne and Tyndale Bibles among many others.
Many of the group decided that they will visit again — the BL is open freely to the public — before repairing to Carluccio's in St Pancras Station for lunch.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2021 will be taking place from Saturday 30th October to Sunday 14th November in Haddenham & Aston Sandford. This year there will be limited Street and House-to-House collections due to the Covid situation. Shops, businesses, three schools, the Baptist and Methodist churches, Haddenham Museum, the Rising Sun and King's Head pubs have all kindly agreed...
Read this then understand why I want to treat NHS Staff in December to some nice Xmasy treatsPlease, next time you go shopping buy just one extra thing, drop it into my basket (6 Willis Road) and I will make up some nice bags for them to enjoy...or sponser me by pledging what you will give instead of money (although I am taking money also) for me to give up the booze for a month...let...
A group of a dozen volunteers made themselves available on Saturday 23rd October to help maintain Snakemoor nature reserve.Volunteer Manager Julian Watson summarised the achievements as follows:15 replacement bird boxes were installed across the reserve. These will be monitored from early spring to track which species take up residence;Approximately 2 tonnes of wood chippings have been...