Another straw in the wind – or perhaps, rather, a scrap of paper blown away. The British Library has closed its newspaper library at Colindale in north London, and is moving the newspaper collection to Boston Spa in Yorkshire, where a ‘new purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB)’ has been built.
Many historians of my generation will remember working at Colindale, and will greet its closure without much regret. Colindale is on the Northern Line. When I worked there in the late 1970s, it was a featureless dormitory suburb completely lacking in charm. The library was just far enough from the tube station to regret forgetting an umbrella, but there was nothing you could do about the wind. Continue reading