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Photo of William Kennett Loftus (1820 – 1858)

Well that's a relief!

As a Lit and Phil guide I always tell the story that in the late 1960s the Lit and Phil sold some Assyrian slabs, which had been bequeathed to it by William Kennett Loftus many years before, to the Los Angeles Museum for £40,000, which provided the funds for the conversion of the lecture theatre into 4 rooms. Although I knew it was a museum in Los Angeles, I didn’t know which one – until recently when by chance I stumbled across the museum in which they are housed.

 

 

Photo of a wombat

The Lit and Phil and The Wombat

An extraordinary tale of a wombat pickled in a leaking cask of spirits coming from Australia to The Lit and Phil. It was the first ever seen in the UK, but it got put in a drawer and forgotten about for thirty years until it was stuffed then an engraving made by Thomas Bewick.

Lit & Phil talks

Talk, talk, talk...

Necessity drives invention and so it has been with the Lit and Phil's popular series of talks on YouTube.

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