6 June 2019

Da Vinci Notebooks Displayed Together In British Library First

To mark the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the British Library is to mount an exhibition of the Renaissance master’s notebooks. ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion’ at the British Library will reveal how he believed motion to be the cause of all life’.

1 August 2015


Contentious British Library Achieves Grade 1 Listed Status As Public Opinion Mellows

Love it or loath it, the ever controversial British Library at St Pancras designed by architect Sir Colin St John Wilson and his partner MJ Long between 1982 and 1999 has been granted Grade 1 listed status. Heritage Minister, Tracey Crouch on the advice of Historic England said: “The British Library divided opinion from the moment its design was revealed, […]

3 December 2014


Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta And Alice In Wonderland At 150 Celebrated At British Library

The British Library has announced a new commission by the leading British artist Cornelia Parker, which responds to the legacy of Magna Carta in the digital era. At almost 13 metres long and 1.5 metres wide, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) will replicate the Magna Carta’s Wikipedia article as it appeared in its entirety on the […]

4 May 2014


The UK’s Largest Comic Book Exhibition Unveiled At The British Library

Friday 2 May was the first chance to see the British Library’s extensive comic book collection on display alongside original artwork and scripts loaned from such names as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, China Mieville and Mark Millar. From the 1825 Glasgow Looking Glass, thought to be the first ever comic, to Judge Dredd’s […]

27 January 2014


British Comics Unmasked In Major New British Library Exhibition

The UK’s biggest ever exhibition of British comics will be one of the high-points of the British Library’s 2014 exhibition season. This spring will see the opening of ‘Comics Unmasked’, featuring unseen comics, original artwork and bizarre objects exploring the form’s tumultuous history. From newly discovered Victorian comics to iconic titles such as V for […]

8 November 2012


Mughal India Explored In Major Exhibition At British Library

Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire, is the British Library’s latest exhibition examining one of the most powerful and opulent empires the world has ever known. This major new exhibition opening tomorrow, looks for the first time at the entire 300 year reign of this highly cultivated empire. It not only traces the evolution of […]

17 April 2012


Europe’s Oldest Book Is Saved For The Nation

£9million fundraising campaign keeps St Cuthbert’s Gospel in UK The oldest known book in Europe, the 7th Century St Cuthbert’s Gospel is set to go on display at Durham’s Unesco World Heritage Site and the British Library in Durham, after the manuscript was saved for the nation through generous gifts from the Art Fund and […]

15 December 2011


Antony Gormley And The Empty Chair

New British Library Sculpture Unveiled To Highlight ‘English Pen’ The British Sculptor Antony Gormley has unveiled an important commissioned work, outside of the British Library in London to commemorate imprisoned writers. Gormley stated; “This is a place of witness, cast in massive iron that will simply rest, isolated, for anyone or no one to occupy.” […]