Londoner Diary: dispute at V&A over proposed library merger


LL is not doing well at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A planned merger of curatorial libraries leaves worried staff in limbo – while one of the plan’s architects travels to Italy for a month of research “apparently to elude questions,” a source claims.

But a source from V&A fired back, saying Antonia Boström was in “daily contact” and answered “any questions or queries.” The Londoner was informed by another source: “All departments will have to box functioning libraries and archives which will be inaccessible for months, affecting all research on planned exhibitions, responding to public demands.”

The V&A seeks to save £ 10million per year. Staff at curatorial libraries denounced the inset plans of President Nicholas Coleridge and Director of the Boström Collections. There is anger at the reduced space that libraries will soon take up. The source added: “The staff are all the more astonished that Boström has just departed to sunny Florence for a month’s research leave.”

The V&A said the merger was aimed at “improving access” and added: “We are working to minimize disruption to staff.”

Burnham feels Khan’s wrath

Sadiq Khan

/ Pennsylvania

SADIQ KHAN was halfway there last night when he was forced to interrupt a conference with chants of “Stop, stop Silvertown tunnel”. Those watching from a distance the mayor give the George Lansbury memorial lecture at Queen Mary University have been cut off. But it wasn’t even the fiercest moment of the evening. Moments earlier, Khan had targeted his own party for espousing notions of a North-South divide. “I actually blame the people in my own party in the North who play in the galleries in the North making fun of London,” he said. A sharp search of the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Red on red.

When we want we can

Will smith

/ Getty Images for AFI

WILL SMITH had a very complex relationship with his late father, but last night the actor remembered a lighter moment. He told an audience at the Savoy Theater how his “first real hit” Independence Day had just broken box office records when his father called in the middle of the night. “Nobody told you luck didn’t exist, luck is when preparation meets opportunity – remember I told you?” he said. Smith replied, “Yeah man, I remember,” only for his dad to say, “Dude that’s bullshit, you’re the luckiest mother I’ve ever met in my life.”

Miller considers probable names for the party

Gina Miller

/ Getty Images

Is Gina Miller about to poach some politicians for her new political outfit, The True and Fair Party? Activist and businesswoman Miller, who has won legal challenges against the government over Brexit, told us this week that while the Election Commission is ‘dragging its feet’, she hopes she will be ready to leave soon. . Miller quickly sang the praises of “very brave” Conservative MP Caroline Nokes. Watch this place …

Sophie beresiner

/ Dave benett

FULL STEAM in advance for the holiday season. Zara Martin and Mary Charteris were at Tobacco Dock for a Taste of London party, where they were joined by Mason Smillie and Ikram Abdi Omar. Alexandra Burke was at the opening of Winter Wonderland – as was host Lizzie Cundy, wrapped in furry clothes. In contrast, journalist Sophie Beresiner looked ready to go to bed at a Liberty party. Comfortable, but cool.


The Beard Liberation Front has announced that Grant Shapps will be banned from its parliamentary beard of the year contest. Shapps, now clean-shaven, had been pictured on Dartmoor with spiky chops on. The BLF called his beard “a convenience” because they said it only appeared after a bicycle accident left him unable to shave. Aren’t all beards created equal?

Ken Clarke doesn’t mince words when it comes to his own party. Conservatives are now “more right-wing and more nationalistic than at any time in my life,” said the former chancellor. He adds to the New European: “Boris shows signs of extreme impatience with regard to the constitutional constraints weighing on him. »Reassuring stuff.

Previous Brown's partnership with HBCU Libraries received $ 100,000
Next Let's hear it for our libraries - the unsung heroes of our cultural life, says Maggie Ritchie