- University of London makes an exhibition of itself

August 28, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Opened in 1836 by King William IV, the University of London is Britain's third oldest university, and is as such one of the finest there is. It was conceived to offer a "regular and liberal course of education to all classes and denominations without any distinction whatsoever."

The institution awarded its first degrees to 29 students in 1839, and these days some 22,000 students receive their certificates every year.

From September 5th until December 23rd, the University will mark its 175th anniversary with an exhibition of some its most historic moments, starting with the actual charter signed by William IV all those years ago.

The exhibition will take place at the University's Senate House Library, located just off Russell Square in Bloomsbury, and also features notes on former Prime Minister Harold Wilson along with rare photographs of the construction work carried out on the many buildings of the institution.

The University was the first in the UK to award degrees to women, with the first four passing in 1880, and this too is celebrated in the exhibition.

It is free to enter, and will be open during normal library opening hours. The library itself is one of the world's largest humanities collections. has much to offer in the vicinity of this historic collection, including The Langham Hotel in the West End and the Macdonald Hotel in Kings Cross.

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