The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library uses 180 treasures to explore the beginnings of the English language and literature.
Many books were made during this period but very few survive, so this is your opportunity to read some of the earliest-surviving English words, including the first letter written in English and manuscripts of Old English poetry and prose.
Highlights include archaeological finds from Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard, the beautifully illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, copies of Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, and the Codex Amiatinus -- a giant bible that was taken to Italy in 716, and is now returning to England for the first time in 1300 years.
Evening Standard★★★★★ – "By some distance, the most significant exhibition in London" The Guardian★★★★★ – "Discover a culture of barbaric splendour and fierce vision"
Craig’s review of British Library – “The British Library is a construction of such monumental ugliness that it's worth seeing simply for that. Come and see the ugliest building in London! It's as if they've tipped a billion bricks into a pile and now they're waiting for the builders to start putting it all together. Only they won't. Because it's finished. This is it. Now it just sits on the side of the E… continued”
Cats On The Page — British Library – 23 Nov 2018 to 17 Mar 2019 – An exhibition all about cats that explores how they have been portrayed in literature, in paintings and on the stage
P G Wodehouse — The Man and His Work – 27 Nov 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Explore the development of P G Wodehouse's writing career with this free exhibition at the British Library.
Princess Diana — Her Fashion Story – 24 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2019 – Diana's Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is an exhibition of iconic dresses that show the evolution of her style
Superbugs — The Fight For Our Lives – 9 Nov 2017 to 10 Mar 2019 – Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Dream On — V&A Museum of Childhood – 10 Feb 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
Fashioned from Nature – 21 Apr 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The V&A Museum will be exploring how some of the fabrics and dyes are sourced from nature to create the clothes we all wear
Life In The Dark — Natural History Museum – 13 Jul 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Enter the nocturnal world of the creatures that live in pitch-black caves and at the bottom of the deep dark ocean.
If you enjoy British Library then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Temple), Globe Theatre (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Southwark), Keats’ House (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Hampstead) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Baker Street)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans