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

The Philatelic Exhibition

Monday to Sunday

Discover some of the rarest and most significant stamps from one of the world's greatest collections

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

Events at the Library

Panel Discussion

The Future of Liberty: Magna Carta and beyond

As increasing state surveillance and counter-terrorism laws threaten to undermine civil liberties, how safe are our rights?

Other events

Panel Discussion

Wild Swimming in the City

From lidos to ponds, the sea to the mighty Thames, swimmers are returning to the great outdoors


Dovecot at the British Library

Master weavers from Dovecot demonstrate weaving techniques on a wooden handloom


Magna Carta: old and new

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


Family History/Public History?

Family history spans both private stories and public history and experiments with the limits of fiction and non-fiction

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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

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.