More than a hundred firefighters battled to save artefacts in a museum in south east London after a fire broke out at a neighbouring library.
People were evacuated as flames engulfed the roof of Newington library on Walworth Road in Southwark.
The fire threatened the collection at Cuming Museum made up of artefacts from all around the world, including objects from Roman London, Chinese ornaments and African tribal costumes.
One hundred and twenty firefighters and twenty fire engines tackled the blaze.
No one was injured in the fire.