Bishopsgate Institute library reopens after �7.7m makeover

THE LIBRARY at the Bishopsgate Institute has reopened as part of  the �7.7 million refurbishment of the historic cultural centre on the edge of the City. It now boasts an underground archive to store treasures including a letter from novelist and journal

THE LIBRARY at the Bishopsgate Institute has reopened as part of the �7.7 million refurbishment of the historic cultural centre on the edge of the City.

It now boasts an underground archive to store treasures including a letter from novelist and journalist Charles Dickens and a dedicated area for researchers to use.

The library has a vast collection of Labour and trade union history and is also the home of the collection amassed by social historian Raphael Samuel.

The centre opened its doors in 1895 in a building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, who was also responsible for the Whitechapel Gallery and Horniman Museum in south London.


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The institute near to Liverpool Street station on Bishopsgate is still appealing for donations towards its restoration appeal.

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