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  1. © Heloise Bergman
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    © Hunt Emerson

    Knockabout Comics, 1984

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    © Heloise Bergman
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    © Heloise Bergman
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  7. Taking Liberties School Workshop © Richard Eaton
    Taking Liberties School Workshop © Richard Eaton

Time Out says

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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Euston Rd
Tube: King’s Cross/Euston Rail: St Pancras International/King’s Cross/Euston
Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm
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Breaking the News

This fascinating exhibition explores five centuries of British news coverage: from the Great Fire of London to #BlackLivesMatter, via Jack the Ripper, the Profumo Affair and the Grenfell Tower fire. The aim is to ‘challenge and change’ how we think about news by posing probing questions about what – and what doesn’t – get covered, and to what end. It’s definitely one to approach with an open mind.


Feast your eyes on some glorious gilded volumes at the British Library’s new exhibition of blingy books. It features 50 tomes from around the world, most dating from before 1600, showcasing all the creative ways that bookmakers have used gold, from dazzling covers to gilded pictures, alongside displays exploring the techniques used to show off this precious metal. This is some serious bling. 

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