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About your visit to the British Library
The British Library is the UK's national library. It houses a collection of over 150 million items, including a copy of every book published each year in the UK.
As well as providing access to our collections in the reading rooms, we also showcase our collections through exhibitions, which we hold in one of our three exhibition spaces.
The largest of these is the PACCAR Gallery in which we hold two major exhibitions each year.
Exhibitions reflect the diversity of our collections and in recent years have included:
- an exhibition on the development of rights in Britain - Taking Liberties
- Sacred - an exhibition on Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Points of View, which presented the Library's collection of 19th century photographs.
Other exhibition spaces include the Folio Society Gallery and the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, in which our treasures are on permanent display.
Our treasures include:
- The Lindisfarne Gospels
- The original manuscript for Alice in Wonderland
- key historical documents such as Magna Carta and Captain Scott's diary
- sacred texts from all the world's major religions
- as well as musical scores, maps and recordings from the British Library Sound Archive.
Visits and Workshops
If you choose to bring a class to the British Library for a workshop you will arrive in the front hall, where you will be greeted by staff at the Information Desk.
They will give you a key and direct you to the trolleys where you can lock away your students' belongings.
You should arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you have time to do this.
You will then be met by the workshop leader who will deliver your workshop.
Each workshop encourages the development of research skills and creativity through a series of engaging activities that take place in the exhibitions, public spaces and the Education Room.
As well as workshops, students can also participate in conferences and Young Researchers' projects.
You can keep up to date with all of our events by signing up to our e-newsletter.
Online you can find our award winning web interactives, such as:
- Taking Liberties
- Timelines: Sources from History - 800 years of historical sources.
- Sounds Familiar? - Accents and dialects across the UK.
The Learning Team also offer CPD through day and evening conferences for teachers, which often include a private view of the exhibitions.
For more information on our programmes and to access our interactives please visit our website - www.bl.uk/learning
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