“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
― Ray Bradbury
This large building used to be a warehouse. There are numerous materials stored inside this area from artifacts retrieved from dig sites that date back thousands of years. There are also numerous cultural items stored inside the warehouse. Everywhere you looked there was something cool to see. LAARC is the largest archeological archive in the world and even has the Guinness World Record to prove it! If you spread out all of the shelving inside the warehouse it would spread 10km or over 6 miles. There are 200,000 boxes in storage with roughly 50-100 artifacts per box. Everything is stored by the year it was excavated not the time frame that the artifact corresponds with.
We were able to view a few of the pieces stored here and learn what the artifacts may have been used for. Looking at these artifacts was a great link to London's past. My favorite thing that we viewed was the switchboard that used to be in Buckingham Palace. I do not recall ever seeing a switchboard in person before and the fact that it used to be the Queen's was the icing on the cake. I wish I could have taken a picture to share with you all but we were not allowed to.
Below you will some photos taken inside the LAARC building.
I even saw two more book benches today!