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Re: Travelling to London

Hi Kevin,

We just got back from a trip to London, so have a few suggestions:

The British Library is in the process of moving from their old digs to a new
building about a mile away, near St. Pancras Station. They've moved the
rare books, music, and manuscripts; but the scientific stuff is still being
packed and moved. They'll only let you in the reader's rooms if you have
sufficient academic or artistic credentials, but the books and manuscripts
on public display are *breathtaking*, and worth the trip to London. It's also
a wonderful experience to sit in one of their cafes in view of the six story
tall glass-enclosed room which houses George III's library.

The British Museum is undergoing a major renovation, but is still worth a
visit. You might enjoy a couple of art supply stores close by the British
both of which do mail-order business if you don't want to carry stuff back.
Falkiner's Fine Papers on Southampton Row, sells bookbinding equipment
and a fabulous range of papers. Corneilison's (on Great Russel St.) is a
wonderful old art supply store - you feel rather like you've walked into
an art store in a Dickens novel.

Any specific questions? Feel free to contact me off-line.

Bill Whitley


>Sorry to use this list to make my personal travel plans, but I've decided
>on short notice to go to London for about ten days at the end of this month
>-- what should a book artist check out? Are there galleries, bookstores,
>museums of particular note? What about distribution networks or people I
>should meet about perhaps getting my work shown?
>(Just FYI, I'm a Montreal artist whose work has been shown in
>non-commercial galleries and is part of the permanent collection of the
>National Library of Quebec. My work is pretty conceptual and among other
>things is preoccupied with the idea of a book as a piece of cultural
>technology. It's also fun.)
>Thanks to anyone who can direct me to interesting stuff.
>Kevin Crombie                              e-mail: kcrombie@dsuper.net
>#5 - 224 boul. Saint-Joseph est     voice: (514) 849-7601
>Montreal, QC   H2T 1H6

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