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

Special Event

Summer Scholars: Indigenous and Imperial Encounters

R. L. Stevenson in the Pacific, and an historic meeting between Haile Selassie and Acee Blue Eagle

This event has taken place

Other events

Online Course

Learn Live: Creative Reading – Dialogue

Appreciating the significance of dialogue

Special Event FREE

Summer Scholars: Sonic NYC and Poetic Mapping

The sounds of 1920s New York City, and the art of poetic mapping.

Limited places
At the Library Course

Life Writing Masterclass

Understand the fundamentals of telling a story

Limited places
Special Event

Summer Scholars: Revolutionary Mexico / Pacific Entanglements

American intellectuals’ representation of Mexico, and pirates and indigenous peoples on the Pacific.

Limited places

Tours of the Library

Treasures tour

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

Building tour

Discover more about our history, collection and architecture on a tour of the public areas of the Library.

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit