The Bloomsbury Festival is getting underway this month, with a programme packed with events exploring all aspects of the neighbourhood that Layers of London calls home. We are in the programme too, with a pop up during on Cromer Street for the festival's family street party on Sunday the 13th. Then join us on Sunday the 20th for our panel event exploring some of the radical ideas that have emerged in Bloomsbury over the past 250 years.
To mark the occasion we are highlighting some of the interesting records in Bloomsbury on our map. This is just a selection, for more get exploring the map. And if you know something, why not add it yourself.
The image above shows a rehearsal at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1960.
- "For into us a child is born" - these words from one of the great choruses of Handel's Messiah, a score of which he left to the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury in 1760. In this record Tom tells the story of his ancestor who was raised in the Foundling and sheds light on the important work of this institution in the 1700s and beyond.
- "London and the Spanish Civil War" - the University of Warwick Modern Records Centre have added a great collection of ephemera to do with the Aid Spain movement in London in the 1930s, much of which was centred in Bloomsbury.
- We will be on Cromer Street this weekend and one of our records in a photograph of children from Cromer Street Scool in 1906. "Pupils are also pictured using Indian clubs, which were heavy batons used to build arm muscles." We'll try to find out if biceps are still on the curriculum when we're in the area on Sunday.
If you're in the area this Sunday or the following make sure to come along to one of our events. If you have any questions about contributing to Layers of London or ideas for projects we'd be happy to chat with you!