I started today in the Asian and African reading room. Lynn wasn’t there in the morning so I made the executive decision to take myself down, and when Paul went past I asked him which floor the room was on. He kindly took me down there. Hedley, the manager of the reading room, showed me around. The room is small compared to some of the others, with only 90 seats (though I think the maps room might be smaller) and it is long and skinny. Another thing differentiating the Asian and African reading room from the others is the presence of art and ephemera in the room. There are portraits on the walls ,and ornamental boxes, as well as model ships (yay, ships!).