British Parliamentarians take tour of Nairobi library

UK Parliamentarians at McMillan Memorial Library Nairobi
Jill Coates, Angela Rayner, Dan Carden, Chris Matheson and Jeremy Purvis at the McMillan Memorial Library in Nairobi. Photo: Preston Rolls

A group of British Parliamentarians accompanied by Jill Coates of the British Council Kenya recently visited the McMillan Memorial Library in Nairobi.

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Christian Matheson, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesman on International Trade Spokesperson The Lord (Jeremy) Purvis of Tweed and Shadow International Development Secretary Dan Carden took a tour of the main branch and its archives.

UK Parliamentarians at McMillan Memorial Library Nairobi
The British Parliamentarians visited the McMillian Memorial Library in Nairobi. Photo: Preston Rolls

They also witnessed the ongoing cataloguing work being undertaken by the library during their trip to Kenya for the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect Heat Event.

UK Parliamentarians at McMillan Memorial Library Nairobi
The Parliamentarians also witnessed the ongoing cataloguing work being undertaken by the library. Photo: Preston Rolls

McMillian Memorial Library is the oldest library in Nairobi, and the second oldest in Kenya after the Seif bin Salim Library in Mombasa.

UK Parliamentarians at McMillan Memorial Library Nairobi
The British Parliamentarians took a tour of the the McMillian Memorial Library and its archives. Photo: Preston Rolls

It was built by the McMillan family to celebrate William Northrup McMillan, who died in 1925, and officially opened on 5 June 1931 by Sir Joseph A. Byrne, Governor of Kenya. Conceived by Lucie McMillan, construction of the building was largely financed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, close family friends of the McMillans. 

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