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Dr David Starkey using his library card
Dr David Starkey using his library card
Students using the new facilities
Students using the new facilities
Photos by Nic Delves-Broughton

Internal News - 07 March 2007

TV historian David Starkey opens new library study facilities

The historian and TV presenter Dr David Starkey today officially opened the new study facilities at the University of Bath’s library.

The entrance floor of the library has been renovated to add automatic doors, a larger information point and security desk, automatic entrance card detection, new computers and a new learning space for students. The work, which cost £450,000, was completed last year.

Dr Starkey was presented with a library card before making a short speech, during which he said: "I feel very strongly about libraries - libraries are the thing that made me and they have an enormously important part to play in education."

"A library is the moment at which the accumulated wisdom of the past is passed on to future generations," he said. "I would like to declare this factory of learning, this fruitful meeting place of past and present, open."

Around 40 guests attended, including staff and students, Bath's Mayor, Councillor Carol Paradise, B&NES Councillor Marian McNeir and representatives of the building firm, Mansell, which carried out the work.

The University Librarian, Mr Howard Nicholson, told the guests that the refurbishment was "a student-led project" that wanted to go beyond the traditional reading-desk environment and create wireless laptop spaces for users.

Dr Starkey, who has presented TV series on Elizabeth I of England and the six Wives of Henry VIII, is attending the Bath Literature Festival to promote his Monarchy series of history books. The Festival runs from March 3-11.