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Michael Palin has donated all of his diaries and comedy scripts to the British Library.
The archive includes fifty notebooks from the Monty Python years that contain sketch ideas and personal reflections on what life was like during filming. He also donated material from his many film, television and literary projects such as Life of Brian, Ripping Yarns and The Frost Report.
This free exhibition highlights some of the best diaries entries, script ideas, photographs and other ephemera.
> 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”
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
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.
The Sun — Living With Our Star – 6 Oct 2018 to 6 May 2019 – The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System.
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.
Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre – Sat and Sun – A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital.
A Pirate’s Life For Me! – 20 Oct 2018 to 22 Apr 2019 – A child-friendly exhibition about pirates that will take your kids on a swashbuckling adventure and show them some real pirate coins
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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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