Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Open until 1 Sep 2015

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now!

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

Open free of charge - the world's most beautiful and influential books and documents, from Codex Sinaiticus to the Beatles

Exhibition FREE

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

15 May 2015 - 24 Jul 2015

A new artwork by Cornelia Parker that responds to Magna Carta in the digital era

Events at the Library

Panel Discussion

The Law of the Land: How to Create a New Country

How do you establish the law and constitution of a country after it has emerged from transition?

Other events


Adventures in Maritime and Island Exploration

An intriguing afternoon of talks on the history of global discovery by international specialists

Panel Discussion

Life in 1215: Britain in the 13th Century

A panel of historians paint a portrait of Britain at the time of Magna Carta


London and the Nation

Our expert panel discusses the relationship between London and the rest of the UK

Panel Discussion

Eye of the Needle: Art, Stitch, Partnerships and Protest

Cornelia Parker examines stitching as an expression of belonging and a vehicle for change

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

General Guided Group Tour

Book a group tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery.

Conservation studio tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour and see our world-renowned conservators in action