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Senate House Library and George Orwell Inspiration

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Senate House Library is a nineteen-storey Art Deco building designed by Charles Holden and built in the 1930s. It is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries for arts, humanities & social sciences.

Senate House Library
Senate House Library

Notably, it was an inspiration for George Orwell when writing his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The building was used as the headquarters of the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, where Orwell’s wife, Eileen Blair, worked.

George Orwell himself used Senate House as the vision for the Ministry of Truth where the protagonist of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston, works. There is also Room 101 in the


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