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Filename: jlp01_09_772401.jpg

Size: 6680 x 5252 (4.9MB)

Date: 2nd November 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, Barbican, City of London. A view of the library in use at the newly completed Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Barbican complex.
Laing were responsible for the construction of Phase V of the Barbican development, which included the Barbican Arts Centre, Frobisher Crescent and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In October 1977, the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama was opened by the Lord Mayor of London, marking the completion of the first major section of the Phase V contract

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Media ID 24017313

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1970s Education Library People Studying


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This print captures the bustling atmosphere of the Guildhall library at the newly completed Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London's Barbican complex. The image, taken in the 1970s, showcases a moment of focused learning and studying within this architectural masterpiece. The construction of Phase V of the Barbican development was entrusted to Laing, who successfully brought to life iconic structures such as the Barbican Arts Centre, Frobisher Crescent, and our featured Guildhall School. In October 1977, an auspicious day arrived when the Lord Mayor of London inaugurated this prestigious institution for music and drama education. As we delve into this snapshot frozen in time, we witness individuals engrossed in their studies amid shelves filled with knowledge waiting to be explored. The library serves as a sanctuary for eager minds seeking enlightenment through books and research materials. Education is undoubtedly at its core here - a place where people gather not only to learn but also to grow intellectually. This photograph encapsulates that spirit perfectly; it exudes an aura of curiosity and determination that permeates every corner. With its historical significance preserved by A© Historic England Archive, this image stands as a testament to both architectural brilliance and human ambition. It reminds us that libraries are more than just buildings; they are gateways to endless possibilities – windows into worlds waiting to be discovered.

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