Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Open until 20 Jan 2015

Trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition and explore our fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre

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Exhibition FREE

Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

14 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015

Examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage

Coming soon
Exhibition

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

13 Mar 2015 - 1 Sep 2015

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

Events at the Library

Lecture FREE

Cavafy and England: A Home from Home

The six years Cavafy spent in England as a boy had a lasting effect in shaping the Greek poet’s personality.

Other events

Poetry

Through the Door: New Poetry from the Archives

Join Andrew Motion in exploring London's archives through newly commissioned poetry by seven leading UK poets

Lecture FREE

The documentary imagination in radio

Virginia Madsen explores the history of radio documentary using recordings discovered in the Library

Lecture

The problem with democracy

Matthew Flinders suggests ways of thinking about politics to ensure the life of democracy

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Panel Discussion FREE

In The Dark presents Under Milk Wood (1954)

Enjoy this superb archival recording, followed by a discussion about its continuing relevance and significance

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Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

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

Terror and Wonder: Curator-led Tour

These curator-led tours provide a unique insight into key items on display in the exhibition

Conservation studio tour

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

Library group tour

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