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British Library

The British Library stores every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, and is home to over 150 million items from manuscripts to maps, as well as a musical archive. In the Sir John Ritblat Gallery you’ll find a permanent display of the Library’s greatest treasures from the Magna Carta to the Gutenberg Bible. In The Philatelic Exhibition some of the world’s most significant stamps hold pride of place, while frequent temporary exhibitions have cast light on such topics as Darwin and science fiction. For scholars, the reading rooms offer the true British Library experience, but it’s best to research who can apply for a pass before you go. Otherwise, simply enjoy the pretty café, which has become a favoured meeting spot.

96 Euston Road, London
NW1 6DB
Tel: 020 7412 5520
Opening Times: Monday- Thursday 9:30am–8pm
Friday 9:30am–6pm
Saturday 9:30am–5pm
Sunday 11am–5pm
Entry Charges: Admission free

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    Explore the Russian Revolution at the British Library on the 100 year anniversary

    Until Tuesday 29th August 2017

    How much do you know about the Russian Revolution? Is it all fact or fiction? Explore the Hope, Tragedy and Myths of the Russian Revolution at the British Library this summer. Find out more about the central characters Lenin and Trotsky but also about the

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    Photography in early Canada

    Until Sunday 10th September 2017

    Canada was confederated on July 1st, 1867 and on the 150th anniversary the British Library will be showing an exhibition called ‘Canada through the lens’ of never been seen before photography dating between 1895 and 1924, giving us a unique insight into the lives of early pioneers.

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    The history of love and legislative change and battles for equality

    Until Tuesday 19th September 2017

    Using personal accounts, art and culture, demonstrations, and famous personalities own diaries and manuscript notes to explore the history of sexual equality for gay men and women in the UK. How much has changed and have we done enough? Explore the concept at Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty.

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    The magical world of Harry Potter

    Commences: Friday 20th October 2017
    Until Wednesday 28th February 2018

    Harry Potter: A History of Magic will happen at the British Library this winter. Take this chance to see rare books & scripts on the folklore of magic, which inspire the writing of J.K. Rowling to author her books. A huge scroll dating back to the 16th century will explain how you can make a Philosopher’s Stone.

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    Young poets remixed

    Commences: Saturday 23rd September 2017
    Until Sunday 23rd September 2018

    A family friendly event at the British Library, Poetry Remix is a drop-in session suitable for those aged 5-11 years with James Bulley and Helen Frosi posing experiments with collage and cutting up using everyday materials to make poetry fun. Then perform your poetry with image and sound.

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