This small exhibition will introduce you to the work that the Endangered Archives Programme has done to preserve archival material that is in danger of destruction through violence, neglect or physical deterioration.
The display will include some manuscripts from the World Heritage Site of Djenne on the banks of the Niger Delta -- often described as the twin city of Timbuktu. Local people had to band together in 2013 to save their heritage from militants. The city's beautiful architecture was eventually spared, but it's documents remain vulnerable.
The display will feature some contemporary photographs of the city, interspersed with examples of religious and secular texts.
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”
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms — Art, Word and War – 19 Oct 2018 to 19 Feb 2019 – 180 objects and 600 years of treasures from Anglo-Saxon England, exploring the beginnings of the English language.
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.
Ian Rankin — Criminal Minds – 2 Dec 2018 – Crime writer Ian Rankin will be coming to the British Library to reveal which American authors have influenced his career the most
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
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
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
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