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large group of students in the Great Hall of King's College London facing a lecturer not shown in the photographStudents return to London on 29 Sep 1943During the First World War, the College undertook vital technical and engineering research, developing new types of glass for lenses and training munitions' engineers and aeronautical inspectors.

The College also provided language tuition to officers. Its role in further education in the community was cemented by numerous public lectures drawing large audiences that were designed to answer some of the most pressing contemporary questions on war, peace and the international order.

During the Second World War, teaching had to start and finish early - 9 am until 5 pm - because the College had too many large windows to properly enforce blackout regulations.

Staff absences were also acute due to the unavailability of residential accommodation and repair of bomb damage often proved impossible owing to shortages.

Damage did occasionally bring unexpected opportunities that were exploited by resourceful students - the quad crater, for example, was routinely explored by botanists studying the colonisation of the ruins by rare and unusual plants.

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