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Major exhibitions

The year was notable for a number of outstanding exhibitions in addition to the highly successful Magnificent Maps and Growing Knowledge. It was the most successful year to date for participation in the public programme, which attracted a total of 812,406 visitors.

  •  PACCAR Gallery

Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices

Paccar Gallery

An opportunity for visitors to explore the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap, the exhibition traced how English has evolved into a global language spoken by 1.8 billion people. More than 10,000 visitors to the exhibition and regional events programme contributed a recording of their spoken English to the British Library’s Sound Archive.

  • Folio Society Gallery

Census and Society: Why Everyone Counts

Marking the 21st census in Britain, the exhibition explored issues behind the questions and controversies of the past 210 years.

iViva La Libertad!

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Latin American independence, this was the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the Library’s extensive Latin American collections.

 
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