Our new exhibition is now open

The fight of the Red Knight with Dark Forces

Witness the hope, tragedy and myths of the Russian Revolution

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As part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the British Library’s latest exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths shines new light on the unprecedented and world-changing events of the period, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times.

Discover the incredible story of the Revolution through posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film: from a luxury souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation to propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers. Items on display for the first time include material from our extensive collection of Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik propaganda, as well as a letter written by Lenin in April 1902, applying to become a Reader at the British Museum Library, now part of the British Library.

‘It is impossible to understand the world today without an understanding of the Russian Revolution, and we will be taking visitors on a journey to explore how the events of Revolution changed the world forever,’ said Katya Rogatchevskaia, lead curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a varied season of events exploring the Revolution's impact on Russian literature, architecture, music and artistic expression, as well as examining the life and times of key figures, such as Lenin and the Romanovs.

Continue your journey and explore how the seismic revolution of 1917 changed both a country and a world through expert articles and collection items on our Russian Revolution website.