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New film explores the history of Gordon Square

Academics and architects describe the former residents and uses of the building

Birkbeck’s School of Arts is housed in a Georgian terrace on the eastern side of Gordon Square, which was once home to the Bloomsbury Set – the group of writers, artists and intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and John Maynard Keynes, among others.

For the last three years the School has participated in the Open House London festival, offering visitors the chance to take a guided tour and learn more about the history and architecture of the building.

Now, in collaboration with the Derek Jarman Lab, a research and film-making hub based within the Gordon Square building, the School of Arts has released a new film. 43 Gordon Square includes interviews with Dr Leslie Topp, senior lecturer in history of architecture, Dr Victoria McNeile, PhD graduate from the School of Arts, Dr Patrizia di Bello, senior lecturer in history and theory of photography and Andy MacFee, Director of Scott Brownrigg (the architects that designed the award-winning Birkbeck cinema).

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