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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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 Course

Illumination Masterclass

Learn the art of illumination

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Other events

Family Activity

Family Workshops: Draw with Petr

Get drawing with author and illustrator Petr Horacek

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At the Library

Resistance: Simon Armitage at the British Library

Simon Armitage reads his new poem, Resistance.

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Online Course

Learn Live: Writing Stories with Maps

Introduction to map reading and storytelling

At the Library


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

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