The British Library

The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
  • Telephone 0843 208 1144
  • Bar open Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9.30am-4.30pm, Sun, Pub Hols 11am-4.30pm
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  • Website www.bl.uk
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The British Library

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

Events at this venue

There are 15 events at this location

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All The Beloved Ghosts

Alison MacLeod, joint winner of the 2016 Eccles British Library Writer's Award, reads from and discusses her new short story collection, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury, 2017). Precise, playful and evocative, her exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality…

Mon 8 May

£8 / 0843 208 1144

Discovering Literature: Shakespeare And His Contemporaries

Join our introduction to early modern literature and gain an insight into the fascinating world that shaped their writing. Over six weeks we'll track the creative intersection between individual writers and the spirit of the age - an era of unprecedented intellectual, geographical and literary expansion. We'll explore…

Wed 10 May

Wed 17 May

…and 3 more dates until 7 Jun

An Empire In Crisis: Russia 1890-1928

A keynote lecture by historian Steve Smith The Russian Revolution of 1917 transformed the face of the Russian empire, politically, economically, socially, and culturally, and also profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the 20th century. In this keynote lecture, one of our leading historians of…

Mon 8 May

£10 / 0843 208 1144

European Literature Night With A L Kennedy And Guests

Author A L Kennedy gives a keynote address reflecting on the future of European authorship in a post-Brexit context. She is then joined in conversation by two authors from the continent hand-picked by the EUNIC London selection committee, Clemens Meyer from Germany and Francesca Melandri from Italy. Chaired by Arifa Akbar.

Wed 10 May

Film And The Russian Revolution

Having acquired power in 1917, the Bolsheviks invested in the creation of compelling filmic images of the Revolution intended to cement its triumph and ensure its spread. On our four-week course we'll consider a range of post-Revolution films, both as representations and distortions of the events of 1917 and after, and as…

Wed 3 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Wed 10 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Wed 17 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Wed 24 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Gothic

Gothic is both highly conventional and infinitely adaptable: it changes with the times. Over the years, its casts of vampires, monsters, ghosts, zombies and persecuted protagonists have passed through Italian castles, Victorian mental asylums, New Orleans marshes - and terraced houses in Bristol. Let the British Library…

Tue 9 May

£295 / 0843 208 1144

Tue 16 May

£295 / 0843 208 1144

Tue 23 May

£295 / 0843 208 1144

…and 3 more dates until 13 Jun

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017: A Shortlist Celebration

The annual International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers. It encourages raw creative talent worldwide and celebrates international literary excellence. Launched in 2006, the £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary…

Late At The Library: Sounds Of The Revolution

A night of breathtaking live music, radical sound and silent film Join us for a night of radical sound and silent film directed by Gabriel Prokofiev with the superb musicians of the Renegade Orchestra. Echoes of Russian classical music greats are cut with sonic experimentation and electronica, reflecting the remarkable…

Fri 5 May

The Post-Racial Condition Of Trump's Possibility

American civil rights activist and scholar Kimberle Crenshaw delivers the 22nd annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture American Democracy in recent years has produced two improbable presidencies that have been framed as reflecting the essence of the American project. The breakthrough achievement of Barack Obama has been…

Tue 16 May

Printmaking Masterclass

Take inspiration from the art of the Revolution at this creative masterclass. On this two day course you'll learn the principles of effective design and the techniques for carving, inking and printing a two-colour linocut that communicates your own message or viewpoint, inspired by the striking propaganda images displayed…

Sat 13 May

£185 / 0843 208 1144

Sun 14 May

£185 / 0843 208 1144

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…

Wed 26 Apr

Thu 27 Apr

Fri 28 Apr

…and 23 more dates until 21 May

Russian Literature And The Revolution

The October Revolution of 1917 had profound consequences not only for Russian society and politics, but for literature and the arts too. Writers who remained in the Soviet Union became, in Stalin's words, 'engineers of human souls', and those unable to conform in the Soviet state were driven into compromise, silence or…

Thu 27 Apr

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Tue 2 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Thu 4 May

£220 / 0843 208 1144

Russia's Place In The World

Journalist Bridget Kendall discusses the role of Russia, based on historical context and in reflection to European relations.

Tue 2 May

£10 / 0843 208 1144

Russomania: The Russian Revolution And British Literature

Modernism in Britain took shape during a period of Russomania: British audiences were introduced to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky, they flocked to see Diaghilev's Ballet Russes and they encountered a whole new literature through translations of Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov, among others. But…

Thu 11 May

Thu 18 May

Thu 25 May

Thu 1 Jun

Shadows of Days: An Evening Of Russian Emigre Fiction

Having fled the chaos of revolution and civil war in favour of exile in Europe and beyond, many of Russia's greatest writers of the 20th century languished in obscurity for a long time and have only recently been discovered anew in Russia itself. Their rediscovery is now setting the literary world alight. Alongside more…

Fri 5 May

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