- St. Paul's Cathedral is gorgeous!
- Our librarian/tour guide was the most adorable British man, named Joseph Wisdom.
- Saw lots of REALLY old books
- Ate Mediterranean food really fast at lunch time to be back in time for our next tour
- The National Art Library has pop-up books and Shakespeare's first folio.
- Old books fall apart and there are really cool inventions to keep them in good shape or repair them!
- There were tons of beautiful books that I wasn't allowed to touch or read, which was extremely difficult.
All the Details:St. Paul’s Cathedral
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|St. Paul's Cathedral Library, Photo retrieved from: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/history-collections/the-collections/the-library|
Mr. Wisdom also told us that the oldest item in the collection is a book of Psalms from the 12th or 13th century, and the most expensive is one of the three surviving copies of Tindale’s New Testament that was brought in by the Bishop of London. Before we left I snapped two quick pictures. The first of the pictures and crest over the mantle, the second of some of the wonderful shelves of old books. Although I do not see myself working in a theological library, it was an amazing and historical library to visit.
National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Our group took the tube to the V&A Museum and a group of us set off for the quickest lunch of my life! We wolfed down our food, which was awesome Mediterranean cuisine, and almost ran back to the museum for our library tour. By this part of the day, the jet-lag and extended walking were really starting to wear me down. I had to make a conscious effort to stay attentive during the Art Library tour. We were shown magnificent manuscripts from Charles Dickens, descriptions from a World’s Fair, examples of fine bindings, historical book art, and even a pop-up book about geometry. The highlight of the display was Shakespeare’s first folio that was taken out especially for one of the Shakespeare lovers in our class. It was very touching to see her emotional response to the manuscript.
|Shakespeare's First Folio|
We went on a brief tour of the library to see where the librarians work and where the books are stored. While walking through some of the book storage I had to resist picking up the books that looked interesting. There was one book about ballet that I desperately wanted to look through, but I had to keep walking and ignore it.
|National Art Library display room and book shelves|