British Library

© Heloise Bergman
British Library, Euston Friday January 25 2013 0:00
The John Ritblat Gallery houses some of the most famous written and printed items in the world: the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts. The Workshop of Words, Sound and Images is a hands-on gallery that traces the story of book production from the earliest written documents through medieval manuscripts and printing to modern industrial processing and the digital revolution. Two CD jukeboxes in the entrance hall enable visitors to listen on headphones to a selection of items from the library’s sound archive, including extracts from Nelson Mandela’s ‘Rivonia’ trial speech in 1964, which led to his imprisonment for 27 years.
Venue name: British Library
Contact:
Address: 96
Euston Rd
London
NW1 2DB
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