Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

Open until 19 Feb 2019

600 years. 180 spectacular treasures. A once-in-a-generation exhibition.

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles

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

Beyond Timbuktu: Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenné, Mali

28 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019

28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Divination, Medicine and Talismans: Ethiopian Magic

An insight into the British Library’s Ethiopic manuscripts collection

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Other events

Talks and Discussions

Hidden Histories: Gaps and Silences in the Archive

How can we interpret and account for the gaps in historical and modern archives?

Talks and Discussions

Kazi Nazrul Islam and the Bengal Partition

A reconstruction of Nazrul’s early years in journalism

Talks and Discussions

The Panizzi Lectures 2018 – The Rhetoric of the Page: Reading Blank Space

The first of three lectures by Laurie Maguire on the rhetoric of the page

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

Literature Matters: Writing and Frankness

Why do we read? Why do we write? What do we reveal when we do?

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Tours of the Library

Building tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

Treasures tour

A one hour journey through some of the Treasures of the British Library

Conservation studio tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour and see our world-renowned conservators in action

Group visits to exhibitions

Book a group visit and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your ticket price and special offers in our on-site restaurant and cafés