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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”
The New Londoners — British Library – 22 Mar to 7 Jul 2019 – An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, who has captured families living in their London homes.
Imaginary Cities — British Library – 5 Apr &38211; 14 Jul 2019 – A small exhibition that uses digital technology to transform the library's collection of historic maps to create fictional cityscapes
Writing — Making Your Mark – 26 Apr to 27 Aug 2019 – This exhibition will explore the history of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs right up to our modern communication tools
Leonardo da Vinci — A Mind in Motion – 7 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – The British Library's Leonardo da Vinci exhibition will bring together pages from three of his extraordinary scientific notebooks
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Look for more museum exhibitions this month
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)
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