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!

Book tickets
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

Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

Monday to Sunday

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

Events at the Library


Doctoral Students' Open Day: African and Asian Studies

This event is solely for first-year African and Asian Studies PhD students who are new to the Library

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Other events


Divine warbling: the London pleasure gardens

This lecture-recital investigates social and musical aspects of London's pleasure gardens


Scott McCloud: The Sculptor

Scott McCloud visits the British Library to discuss The Sculptor, his first graphic novel for nearly 10 years


Magna Carta: old and new

Why have recent discoveries altered the way we understand the context of Magna Carta?

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Peninsular Nationalisms Contrasted

This seminar explores the origins of the continuing political conflict in Spain

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

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

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