Breaking the News

Open until 21 Aug 2022

Challenge and change the way you think about news. This exhibition prompts big questions about the news we consume.

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Florence Nightingale and Gandhi. Explore some of the world’s most exciting, beautiful and significant books, maps and manuscripts.



20 May 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

50 spectacular manuscripts from around the world.

Upcoming events

At the Library

Resistance: Simon Armitage at the British Library

Simon Armitage reads his new poem, Resistance.

This event has taken place

Other events

At the Library


A panel of renowned stirrers, shakers, and trouble makers asks: what have whistleblowers ever done for us?

Limited places
Online Course

Craft Live: Cartooning for Change

History of cartoons and comics

Limited places
Online Course

Webinar: Autofiction as Life Writing

Exploring the history of autofiction

At the Library and online

Black Theatre Making and Censorship in the Archive

Explore Black theatre making in the Lord Chamberlain’s Plays collection.

Tours of the Library

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit

Treasures tour

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