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Current Maughan Library exhibition

There are regular exhibitions of historic Library and Archives material throughout the year in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library. 

The next exhibition, which will run from 3 July – 25 September 2017 is entitled:

Peace, love and world war: the Denmans, Empire and Australia, 1910-1917

This exhibition will examine the political, cultural and Imperial interests of Australia’s fifth governor-general and his wife, against the backdrop of a world on the brink of World War.

Full details will appear here in due course, and members of the public as well as King's College London staff and students are encouraged to visit this historic room, which King's College London Library Services are lucky enough to be able to utilise as an exhibition space.

Image of the Weston Room in the Maughan LibraryThe Weston Room incorporates many features from the former Chapel of the Masters of the Rolls, including three 16th and 17th century funeral monuments.

One of these is a terracotta figure of Dr Yonge (Master of the Rolls and Dean of York, who died in 1516)  which was sculpted by Pietro Torrigiano (1472-1528) who also created Henry VII’s tomb in Westminster Abbey and is said to have broken Michelangelo's nose in a tavern brawl.

There are also memorials to Richard Alington (who died in 1561, a brother-in-law of a Master) and Lord Bruce of Kinloss, a Master who died in 1616.

From 1902 until 1986 the rebuilt Chapel, now deconsecrated, provided a Museum for the Public Record Office. Stained-glass windows showing the armorial bearings of some of the 17th century Masters had been preserved, and more were added in 1899.

Restoration work for King's College London has revealed a fine mosaic flooring, probably laid in 1898.

A memorial to former staff members of the Public Record Office who died in the First World War is also sited in the room.

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