Sir John Ritblat Gallery, British Library
The Sir John Ritblat: Treasures Gallery is open after refurbishment from Sat 8 Mar 2014
The Sir John Ritblat Gallery is open again after a major refurbishment.
This is a permanent free display of many of our greatest treasures. See over 200 beautiful and fascinating items: sacred texts from many faiths, maps and views, early printing, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Half of these items have not been on display for many years.
Discover some of the world's most exciting and significant books, from Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible, to Mozart and the Beatles. Marvel at the genius behind the Leonardo notebooks, and see the earliest versions of some of the greatest works of literature, including Alice's Adventures Under Ground and Shakespeare's First Folio.
Some of the new highlights are:
- The newly acquired Mystère de la Vengeance manuscript read the Press Release
- Diamond Sutra (the world's earliest dated printed book)
- Laurence Olivier's script for Macbeth
- Hanif Kureishi's diary from his recently acquired archive
- Celestial globe, 110cm across
We hope our visitors will enjoy the improvements to case and room lighting, and the introduction of an orientation area at the entrance.
Note: sometimes items are lent to other institutions for exhibition. If you wish to be sure that a particular item is on display, please check in advance.
All exhibition galleries are usually open to everyone seven days a week.