Breaking the News

Fri 22 Apr – Sun 21 Aug 2022
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News has the power to make and break elections. Turn everyday people into overnight superstars. And bring them crashing back down to earth.

We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world around us – and the way we make sense of it.

But can it ever be truly objective? And is the news you consume the same as everyone else’s?

Challenge and change the way you think about news

This exhibition prompts big questions about the news we consume:

  • How do your opinions and beliefs influence the news you choose?
  • When does news become propaganda?
  • Why do we devour crime stories and sensationalism?
  • Who decides which stories to suppress and which to spotlight?

From the Great Fire of London to #BlackLivesMatter

Explore five centuries of UK news through broadsheets, blogs and objects from our own collection and examine era-defining stories close-up. From reporting on Jack the Ripper to the Profumo Affair. And from coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire to the war in Syria.

Doomscroll. Debate. Disagree.

Today’s news is a battleground where conflicting ideas and ideologies are held up and fought over. But it can also kick-start movements. Entertain and uplift us. And change the world for the better.

We argue about it, but we’d be lost without it.

So what really lies behind the headlines?

Book your ticket today to find out.

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Ticket prices and concessions

Book your ticket in advance and save £2 (discount included in the prices below).

  On the door Advance booking
  Mon–Wed* Thu–Sun  Mon–Wed* Thu–Sun 
Full price  £18 £18 £16  £16 
Member Free  Free  Free  Free 
Senior (60+) £9  £18 £8  £16
Student  £8  £16 £7  £14
Young person (18-25) £8 £16  £7  £14 
Registered unemployed  £8  £16 £7 £14
Disabled  £8  £8 £6 £6
National Art Pass £9 £9 £9 £9
National Art Pass senior  £8  £8 £8 £8
Child (011)   Free  Free  Free  Free 
Child (1217)   £9  £9 £7 £7
Reciprocal entry (NDMC)  Free Free Free Free

*Excludes bank holidays and school holidays.

Please note you may be asked for proof of concession on arrival.

Pre-booking your visit helps us manage our capacity and offer the best possible visitor experience by keeping you updated with information before your visit. We want as many people as possible to have the chance to see our exhibitions so, like many other museums and galleries, we’re offering discounts to those more able to visit outside of our most in-demand days, helping to increase our capacity during our busiest periods for those who can’t. 

Free carer tickets are available by contacting the Box Office on 01937 546546.

We’re continuing to follow government guidance to keep everyone safe. Find out how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely.


Name: Breaking the News
Where: PACCAR 1
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £16.00
Member: £0.00
Student: £14.00
Registered Unemployed: £14.00
Disabled: £6.00
National Art Pass Senior: £8.00
Child (0-11) : £0.00
Child (12-17): £7.00
National Art Pass: £9.00
Reciprocal Entry (NMDC): £0.00
Senior (60+): £16.00
Young Person (18-25): £14.00

A voluntary donation can be added over the regular ticket price. You will be helping the Library to conserve and share its collection. If you are a UK tax-payer and ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, the Library can reclaim the tax you have paid.

Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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