Wednesday 23 June | 18:00-19:00 | Online

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about those that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past. The centre of intellectual life that is Bloomsbury offers particularly rich pickings.

This virtual walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith (Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers) will reveal some of the links between the area’s past and present book collections-and the tales of enterprise, obsession and destruction that are often behind them.

Please note: this event will not be recorded


Alice Ford-Smith has been leading walking tours on London’s library, book and information history for nearly a decade. Her day job is managing the office at Jarndyce Antiquarian Books. The firm was established in 1969 and operates from a building opposite the British Museum. Previously Alice has worked for long spells at Bernard Quaritch Ltd, Dr Williams’s Library and the Wellcome Library.