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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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|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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This free display delves into the history of Thomas More's Utopia and features an original first edition of the text as well as handwritten letters. A series of talks and discussions will take place alongside the exhibition, exploring the development...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 2 2016 FreeRead more
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Shakespeare in Ten Acts
To generalise wildly, most of us can imagine what a Shakespeare play looked like 400 years ago – breeches, ruffs, dudes dressed as chicks. And anybody who goes to the theatre in 2016 knows what one looks like now. But in between? This smart new exhibition...Exhibitions Until Tuesday September 6 2016Read more
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A summer-long series of lunchtime talks highlighting the research being conducted in the Library's North American collections. Sessions cover everything from Emily Dickinson's poetry (Mon Aug 1), the intersections between America, Britain and Pakistan's...Talks and lectures Friday August 26 2016 FreeRead more
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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.