The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1486 Wednesday 25 August 1999.
From: Mike Jensen <
Date: Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 08:39:26 -0700
Subject: Re: British Library
Comment: SHK 10.1475 Re: British Library
>The new library sucks.
It would be interesting to know why Colin Aaron dislikes it so much. I
was there in May. I was disappointed that few books were on display
compared to the opulence of the displays in the British Museum, but
those that were displayed were much better displayed both for the sake
of their longevity and for telling visitors why the book is
significant. It may not be the way I would do it, but overall I thought
the gains were more important than the losses.
I also thought the "History of the Book" area was pretty well done. Too
many gaps to tell the story well, but I wished I had one of nieces
there. She would have been fascinated.
I did not use the stacks, and so have no opinion. The food is
predictably lousy. My memory is that MacDonald's has better food and I
was so repelled by MacDonald's that I have not visited one in 28 years,
even with my niece.