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TV historian and author Bettany Hughes will be giving a talk at the British Library about Istanbul — one of the world's great cities.
Istanbul served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires, and as a gateway between the Eastern and Western worlds. Bettany Hughes will be drawing on all of this rich and varied history to tell its 6,000-year story.
> 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.
My Teenage Diary — Jan Ravens & Rufus Hound – 28 Mar 2019 – Rufus Hound will asking impressionist Jan Ravens to dust off her teenage diary and read extracts of it out in public.
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
Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor – 18 Oct, 6 Dec 2018, 10 Jan, 7 Mar, 25 Apr, 23 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul, 12 Sep, 10 Oct and 5 Dec 2019 – Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
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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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