The British Library
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Created in 1973, the UK's national library is also the largest in the world, based on its number of catalogued items (around 170 million). The collection features around 14 million books dating back as far as 2000 BC.
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
There are 31 events at this location
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The Art Of Non-Fiction
Lara Feigel, Olivia Laing and Hisham Matar converse with Lisa Appignanesi about the ways in which non-fiction writers are becoming more innovative in finding new structures and voices with which to tell their stories.
Carol Ann Duffy And Guests
Carol Ann Duffy has been Britain's Poet Laureate since May 2009. Her much-loved poems blend humour and warmth with sharp social commentary. At this event she reads her poems alongside two emerging poets whose work she admires, Keith Hutson and Mark Pajak.
A night of decadent authors and cocktails Decadent literature in Britain blossomed in the 1890s around figures such as Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Symons. Under the maxim 'Art for Art's Sake' they often defied moral convention and pursued the limits of sensation, wilfully transgressing Victorian…
Drawing the Line: The Creative Potential of Maps
Home to over 4.5 million maps ranging from medieval Mappae Mundi to satellite imaging, the British Library documents an ever-changing world And as the current Maps and the 20th-Century: Drawing the Line exhibition shows, a century of evolving mapping technologies has revolutionised how we see the world, and our place…
The Eccles British Library Writer's Award Festival
A mini literary festival celebrating the achievements of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award The award (formerly Writer in Residence) of £20,000 is presented annually to two authors whose writing projects depend substantially on materials in the British Library's collection relating to North America. There have been…
Thu 23 Mar
£12 (£8; £10) / 0843 208 1144
Encore: The Phenomenon Of The Second Novel
A discussion about follow-ups to famous original stories, chaired by literary journalist Alex Clark.
Festival Of Maps Family Day
Join the British Library for a fun and creative family day inspired by their exhibition, Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line Families will have the chance to make, look, touch, sign and explore, with a full programme of drop in activities from storytelling and interactive trails, to musical performances, art…
Global Conquest: How Railways Took Over The World
Author, commentator and railway historian Christian Wolmar charts how the iron road spread so rapidly, and outlines the impact of this remarkable development.
The Idler Presents: In Praise of Unusual Libraries
A live event with Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler Tom is joined by Meirian Jump of the Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School in Clerkenwell, Peter Francis of Gladstone's Residential Library in North Wales, and Sara Wingate-Gray, UCL academic and the Itinerant Poetry Librarian. Learn about these refuges for quiet study and…
Fri 17 Mar
£8 (£5; £6) / 0843 208 1144
Joseph Conrad Study Day
Explore the life and work of the great novelist This study day considers Conrad's career as a novelist and his contribution to British culture in the year that has been designated 'Joseph Conrad Year' in Poland. Joseph Conrad, probably now best known as the author of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, was born in…
Julian Mitchell In Conversation With Polly Toynbee
Mitchell talks about his work for the theatre, film and television.
Thu 23 Feb
£12 (£8; £10; Children £8) / 0843 208 1144
Kenneth Baker: On The Burning Of Books
The former Cabinet Minister and Home Secretary presents an illustrated lecture examining the many times in history when books have been burnt for political, religious or personal reasons.
Late At The Library: You Are Here!
A fun, interactive night dedicated to maps, plans and atlases for the cartographically curious, soundtracked by special guest DJ Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne.
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
A look at contemporary mapping technology.
Mon 23 Jan
Tue 24 Jan
Wed 25 Jan
The Mesmerist: Science Vs Superstition In The Victorian Era
Wendy Moore explores fundamental questions about the fine dividing line between medicine and quackery through the extraordinary story of the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound.
Mon 6 Mar
£8 (£5; £6) / 0843 208 1144
Music And Poetry From The Zweig Collection
Bringing masterpieces from the collection to life An evening of live music and readings, showcasing some of the 'Sublime Figures' - composers and writers - who are included in Stefan Zweig's collection of manuscripts, now held at the British Library. The collection includes masterpieces by Mozart, Bellini, Keats, Goethe…
My Old Man: Sir John Major In Conversation
A history of music hall with Sir John Major Former Prime Minister Sir John Major's life is an extraordinary one. The son of music hall entertainers, Sir John made his father's story and the history of the British music hall the subject of his 2012 book My Old Man, and is the only British Prime minister with a theatrical…
National Life Stories Lecture 2017: David Kynaston
Historian David Kynaston delivers the 2017 National Life Stories Lecture Uncovering the unspoken: memory and post-war Britain reflects on memory and its place in the historical analysis of post-war British society. David Kynaston has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written 18 books, including The City of…
Mon 13 Mar
£10 (£7; £8) / 0843 208 1144
On Being Archived: Will Self, Hanif Kureishi And Guests
Will Self reflects on having his archive newly acquired by the British Library His archive includes drafts of novels, his cartoons, a full hard-drive, family documents and letters received from other writers. At this event he meets Hanif Kureishi, also archived at the Library, to explore the experience of passing on much…
Fri 24 Mar
£12 (£8; £10) / 0843 208 1144
P G Wodehouse: A Musical Celebration
Discover the lesser-known life of P G Wodehouse Had Wodehouse died in the early 1920's he would not have been remembered as an author, but as the first great lyricist of the American musical. In fact, exactly 100 years ago Wodehouse had five shows running simultaneously on Broadway. Wodehouse's great-grandchildren, singer…
Sat 28 Jan
A People Devoured: The Roma Holocaust
A reflective evening of conversation, film and music To facilitate the planned domination of the Aryan race, the Roma people were singled out for persecution and mass elimination on racial grounds under the rule of Nazi Germany. The Porajmos - meaning the 'Devouring' in some Romani languages - saw an unknown number…
Power, Territory And Borders
How the lines on the map determine our world An evening of presentations and discussions exploring the way that the world has been divided up into territories, with often arbitrary borders drawn on the global map. These lines and demarcations continue to be at the root of nationhood and identity, power and conflict. With…
Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits
Happy 100th birthday Roald Dahl! To mark this phizz-whizzing anniversary, Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl's stories including Matilda, Charlie Bucket and the BFG. Find out which filthsome couple declined to appear together and which character quietly…
Mon 23 Jan
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Wed 25 Jan
Raise Your Profile
Raise your profile - get your business in the media Identify your 'hook' for publicity PR expert and founder of JH Public Relations, Jessica Huie MBE has partnered with the British Library to create a masterclass aimed at equipping small business owners and entrepreneurs, with the tools needed to generate their own…
Rebels In The Archives
Jill Liddington, Abi Morgan, Heidi Safia Mirza and Deborah Withers discuss their engagement with archives of activism, in a conversation chaired by Margaretta Jolly, project director of Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the Women's Liberation Movement.
Shooting War: Photography, History, Representation
Shocking, heartbreaking or bombastic, war photographs can become cultural icons whose meaning transcends the context of their initial production. From the sepia-toned mass graves of the American Civil War to today's drone shots of the destroyed Syrian city of Aleppo, war photographs have shaped and continue to inform our…
Tue 21 Feb
£250–£295 / 0843 208 1144
Stefan Zweig: European, Humanist, Collector
A study day to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Stefan Zweig The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was one of the most widely read and translated authors of his day. Zweig is less well known for owning a prestigious collection of literary, musical and historical manuscripts, which was most generously…
There Will Be Fun - In The Flesh!
Christopher Green directs a series of performances performance pieces inspired by the source material on display in the exhibition.
Turn Your Passion Into Pounds
Vicki Psarias and Jessica Huie host an evening of inspiration They are joined by a panel of exceptional women in business including Jo Morell, co-founder of The Pool and former MD of Bauer Publishing, Natasha Courtenay-Smith, journalist and author of The Million Pound Blog and publishing guru, Alison Jones. Together they…
Typesetting Feminism: Virago Press
Founder Carmen Callil discusses Virago's journey with its current publisher, Lennie Goodings, and Claire Whalley, Managing Director of What Larks Productions, who recently made a film about the groundbreaking feminist imprint.
Victorian Entertainments: There Will be Fun
Experience entertainment – Victorian style.