Update: (while I was getting a sandwich) The girl taken to hospital is apparently all right. The protesters barricaded the doors, but seem to have been leaving in small groups, escorted by police, once they’ve been searched for Bodleian books! There was a bit of National Anthem-singing. There was a rave inside the Camera. A lot of protesters look under 18. When I came back in (about 30 minutes ago) there were at least 15 police around the library, and 2 on horseback. The mood was quite upbeat still – nothing like what I’ve heard of London. The Old Library is closed on three sides and the librarians don’t really want to let people back in, but will if you’ve been researching earlier today (like me). The poor things look like they could do with some police backup. There are occasional sirens.
photo-credit: Clamorous Voice
photo-credit: [redacted] not!me
pictures of the occupation of the Radcliffe Camera (English & Theology library) by Oxford students et al. as part of #demo2010, taken between 1.30 and 2 p.m. today. One female student, an epilepsy sufferer, has had a fit and is being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.