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

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

Panel Discussion FREE

Archives into the future

A one-day symposium covering topics such as community archives, performance archives, digital archives, and informal personal archives

Other events


The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Goblin Market and other poems

The centrepiece of this event is Christina Rossetti's intoxicating poem Goblin Market (1859), read by Joanna David


Darker Hauntings: imagery of the Southern Gothic

How race and sexuality are manifested in the works of American Gothic writers, including Poe, Chesnutt, Faulkner and Capote

Limited places
Panel Discussion

Scary Tales: Chris Priestley, Chris Riddell and Sally Gardner

Meet some of the most brilliant creators of Gothic and nightmarish stories


Doctoral Students' Open Day: English and drama

This English and drama event is solely for first-year PhD students who are new to the Library

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