Cats have featured in rhymes and stories for centuries, making us laugh, solving a crime, creating magical havoc — even being a sly baddie — and this free exhibition will place them centre-stage again.
The British Library will use familiar favourites from your childhood to T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to explore how cats have been portrayed in books, manuscripts and artworks. As you watch them prowl around the pages you'll be sure to meet some new friends as well as discover ones you have forgotten.
It's an unmissable exhibition for anyone who loves cats.
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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.
I object — Ian Hislop’s search for dissent – 6 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – Ian Hislop has assembled a collection of objects that show how dissenters have protested throughout history
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Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
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