Simon Keynes, the great nephew of economist John Maynard Keynes, has unveiled a Marchmont Association (MA) plaque commemorating five members of the famous Bloomsbury Group, who lived at 38 Brunswick Square in 1911-12. The plaque is installed on the UCL School of Pharmacy building, which replaced the original Georgian house lived in by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, the artist Duncan Grant, John Maynard Keynes and Virginia’s brother Adrian Stephen. Virginia and Leonard were married at St Pancras Registry Office whilst living there and Virginia’s life was saved by Maynard’s doctor brother, Geoffrey, when she attempted suicide whilst staying there a few years later. She survived the ordeal and went on to write her most famous novels.
The unveiling was also attended by representatives of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, and Charleston, the country house frequented by the most prominent members of the Bloomsbury Group. The event was also supported by several MA Members.
The Marchmont Association is grateful to UCL School of Pharmacy for allowing us to install the plaque on their building and for sponsoring the plaque and hosting the very civilized ‘tea & cakes’ reception afterwards.