Released on March 17, 2021 By Book Bunk

Episode 5

In this episode Wanjiru and Wachuka go deep into the history of architecture and the British empire. We ask, who designed the McMillan Memorial Library building? And how do we make sure we keep it standing?

Wanjiru speaks to Dr. Sarah Longair – an expert in the architecture of the British Empire- to try and find out more about the design, and we speak to architect Balmoi Abe, about the future of the building.


  1. Any original designs (or info on architects) // C. Rand Overy 
  2. Visions of the Global: The Classical and the Eclectic in Colonial East Africa
  3. East African Standard speech (1931 newspaper). Maybe we have it in our archive
  4. Images of McMillan during colonial period 
  5. Thika Blue Stone 
  6. African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence 
  7. Palaces for the people – Eric Klinenberg
  8. Kenya National Anthem by Dela 

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