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A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new items each year. The public can apply for access to the reading rooms, or simply explore the permanent and temporary exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery. Here, some of the most famous written and printed items in the world are displayed, and you might see the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts.
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|Venue name:||British Library||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: King’s Cross/Euston Rail: St Pancras International/King’s Cross/Euston|
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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Things to do
Witness to our Times: Joan Bakewell with Peter Hennessy
Spend the evening with journalist Joan Bakewell, known for her presentation of the groundbreaking BBC series Taboo, as she discusses her life and work with Peter Hennessy. The event coincides with the acquisition of her archive by the British Library...Talks and lectures Friday January 20 2017
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
One of several exhibitions that mark the centennary of the Bolshevik uprising, the BL's offering will take a look at those tumultuous times through a wide range of exhibits, including propaganda wallpaper and a letter written by Lenin.Friday April 28 2017 - Tuesday August 29 2017
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Those who remember reading 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' when it was first published may well be aghast to discover that was a whopping 20 years ago – yes, the global phenomenon that is the Boy Who Lived is officially two decades old. The...Friday October 20 2017 - Wednesday February 28 2018
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Inspiring permanent gallery with priceless artefacts like an original Magna Carta and one off exhibitions on interesting subjects, like animals in books. Love it here, keep going back for more. Plus you can read your own books if you like!
A shining light of modern learning that manages to feel fresh and relevant without taking away any of the gravitas of what lies within. Great free exhibitions and work space.
So much great stuff! As well as 150 million (150 million!) items, fantastic and varied range of events and exhibitions. I get more from it every time!
The BL is so much more than the national Library - so many interesting free events, exhibitions and lovely nooks to explore. I love spending my free moments day dreaming about the great minds that have passed through here and what traces of thoughts they have left behind. Also the best public 'facilities' in town.