Westminster Libraries and Archives

Books we love…

This week Michaela from Church Street Library is reviewing The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.   Over to Michaela…  The Pulitzer prize winning novel of 2020 set in the 1960’s tells the story of Elwood living in Florida with his grandmother.  Elwood’s parent had up and left one night leaving her to raise him on her own. Elwood was a very… More

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 1-7 March 2021

From Monday 1st to Sunday 7th March, join Beating Eating Disorders UK, to create a future where people experiencing binge eating disorder are met with understanding and compassion. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty of us in our lifetime, it is the most common but least understood. It isn’t about being greedy or… More

Radicalised by the Regency Ton.

How the Bridgerton like excess of Regency London radicalised Life Guard John Harrison Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Fund, Westminster Archives has been working to commemorate the bicentenary of The Cato Street Conspiracy. This was an attempt on February 23rd ,1820, to assassinate Prime Minister Lord Liverpool and his cabinet in Grosvenor Square… More

National Registration, 1915

Last month we posted the story of Frederick Cowling, an aeronautical engineer. Archives volunteers Jim and Margaret Garrod are back again to tell us about a few more interesting people they have come across while indexing the National Registration Records of Paddington: “On 15 August 1915 everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 in… More

Books we love…

In our continual commemoration of LGBT+ History Month, Fiona from Brompton Library is reviewing Real Life by Brandon Taylor…  Over to Fiona…  This novel is set on a university campus and the story of Wallace, a young, black man studying on scholarship.  Set over a few days, what happens proves to be pivotal for Wallace.  The… More

Safer Internet Day

This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 9th of February, aiming to explore reliability online- in conjunction with saferinternet.org.uk There are lots of fun and interesting information you can find online such as blogs, clothing websites, social media outlets- just to name a couple. But it’s important to separate the accurate information… More

Books we love…

This Week’s Book of the Week is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  Never Let Me Go is the brave and fantastical story by British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in a backdrop of Dystopian 1990s London, we meet three curious and challenging students; Cathy, Ruth and Tommy. They are seemingly ordinary citizens; but have been bred to… More