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Writing: Making Your Mark"Writing is so much more than words on the page - it is how we communicate across time and space" says Adrian Edwards, lead curator of Writing: Making Your Mark at the British Library. Tracing the evolution of the written word, from hieroglyphics to emojis, this landmark exhibition examines the act of writing across five millennia and five continents. Over 30 different writing systems are on display including an ancient wax tablet containing a child's homework and a Chinese typewriter from the 1970s. Rare items like Caxton's 1476-7 printing of the Canterbury Tales - the first book printed in England - show how writing is one of humankind's greatest achievements.

 

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British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
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Find out how friends were selected, collected and put on display before the digital era in the free Friendship Before Facebook display within the British Library's permanent exhibition, The Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library. It just goes to show, things weren't so different 500 years ago. Before pocket-sized phones people l... More about this event
 
The New LondonersThe New LondonersThe New LondonersClose to 200 different countries are represented by people living in London, according to the UN, and award winning British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins has created portraits of most of them. The British Library has acquired the collection, featuring 163 families from 187 countries,and displays a selection of them in a free display in the Libr2019-03-22T00:00:00+00002019-07-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
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Close to 200 different countries are represented by people living in London, according to the UN, and award winning British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins has created portraits of most of them. The British Library has acquired the collection, featuring 163 families from 187 countries,and displays a selection of them in a free display in the Libr... More about this event
 
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British Library, 96  Euston Road      NW1 2DB
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DATES  26th April to 27th August 2019
VENUE  British Library 
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Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in MotionLeonardo da Vinci: A Mind in MotionLeonardo da Vinci: A Mind in MotionA Leonardo da Vinci notebook, the Codex Leicester, goes on display in Britain for the first time since it was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. It's just one of several notebooks brought together for Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion at the British Library to show the dynamic mindset of the Italian scientist and artist who was able to make connection2019-06-07T00:00:00+01002019-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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VENUE  British Library 
A Leonardo da Vinci notebook, the Codex Leicester, goes on display in Britain for the first time since it was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. It's just one of several notebooks brought together for Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion at the British Library to show the dynamic mindset of the Italian scientist and artist who was able to make connection... More about this event
 
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event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Museums
DATES  25th October 2019 to 25th February 2020
VENUE  British Library 
It has an estimated one billion followers across the world today, Buddhism is the subject of a major exhibition at the British Library in autumn 2019. Going back to its beginnings in north India in the 6th century BC, the display begins with the roots of one of the world's major religions and explores its philosophy and modern day relevance. Rare a... More about this event
 
 

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