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