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


This is the BBC

A critical look at the BBC on its 100th birthday.

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Other events

Family Activity FREE

Family Workshops: Sharing our Stories

This Refugee Week take time to reflect, celebrate our creativity and share stories.

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At the Library and online

Light Source: A Festival of the Accused – Day Pass

Due to unforeseen circumstances this is event has been postponed. New dates in Autumn 2022 to be announced shortly. Those who have booked tickets will be contacted by our customer services team.


Live Art at the Library

Performance and experimental theatre from British Library Collections

At the Library and online

Witchful Thinking: The Wise Woman's Handbook

How to live a charmed life and reveal your inner ‘wise-one’

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