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)

Monday to Sunday

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

Events at the Library


The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: the Poetry of W B Yeats

A selection of poetry put together by Josephine Hart and read by noted actors

Other events

Special Event FREE

Kinokophonography Night: an evening of listening

A curated sound cinema event featuring audio works from around the world

Limited places

Visual Urbanism: Locating Place in Time

Presentations and panel discussions examine interdisciplinary approaches to investigating urban space


Magna Carta's American Adventure

Magna Carta's legacy in America includes the idea of an organic, evolving constitution

Panel Discussion

Revelations of the Magna Carta Project

The Magna Carta Project is a landmark investigation into the context, production and reception of the Charter

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

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.