The Bloomsbury Lighthouse

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Shining the light on life inside Senate House during WWII

Listen to a fascinating BBC Radio 3 documentary of four unlikely employees – Graham Greene, George Orwell, A L Lloyd and Laurie Lee – of the Ministry of Information.

Senate House was coined The Bloomsbury Lighthouse following air-raid warden and novelist Graham Greene’s complaint that people who left lights on in the building were guilty of transforming it into a beacon for German bombers.

The recording for The Bloomsbury Lighthouse took place inside Senate House in February 2017. The programme was produced by Michael Umney and features writers and academics Alex Harris, Dave Arthur, Lara Feigel and Owen Hatherley.