A rare opportunity to visit the renowned Maughan Library, usually reserved for students only, which houses KCL’s four libraries and Special Collections. The talk – during the guided tour – will cover the history of this site from 1232 AD to our time, through various phases of conversion demolishing and adaptation to modern needs. It will be followed by an optional networking lunch and a visit to the historic Temple Church nearby. This is a unique opportunity to visit two of London’s most prestigious and historic buildings in one day.
10:30am: Meet for coffee and biscuits at the Maughan Library.
11:00am: Guided visit
Taking in the original cells, special collections (including many works and linguistics and in foreign languages) and beautiful rooms. A talk will then trace its history from 1232 AD, through conversions and demolitions to 1998, when KCL acquired the Rolls Estate and modernised it to house its four libraries.
After 12:00pm: Lunch
There are two cafés/restaurants nearby, or it is possible to wander around the library's lovely gardens and bring a picnic.
2:00pm (approx.): Temple Church
One of the four mediæval round churches still in use in England. It normally has very limited opening times for the public. Attendees may stay there as long as they like.
Nearest Underground: Chancery Lane
The library is not in or near the main KCL building in the Strand.
100-113 Chancery Lane
London, WC2A 1LR