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Michael Palin

The British Library's Patrons have enjoyed unrivalled access to the Library and our collections during the year through intimate special events and glamorous exhibition opening receptions.

They have seen (amongst other things) beautiful books belonging to Elizabeth I, gorgeous illuminated manuscripts, rare books by William Morris and Laurence Olivier's letters. Highlights of the year included the exhibition London: A Life in Maps, part sponsored by our 37 Patrons, and the Annual Literary Dinner in June.