British Library in China

Over the course of three years, in an exciting collaboration, the British Library will be working with cultural and educational organisations across China to introduce some of its most treasured collection items to a Chinese audience for the first time.

Latest exhibitions

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Start: 2018/10/19 End: 2019/02/19
£ 16(Concession ticket available)
600 years. 180 spectacular treasures. A once-in-a-generation exhibition.

Cats on the Page

Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Start: 2018/11/23 End: 2019/03/17
¥ FREE
Cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to us from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition.

Past exhibitions

Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library

33 Zhongguancun S St, ZiZhu Qiao, Haidian Qu, China
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Start: 2017/04/21 End: 2017/06/21
¥ FREE
This exhibition showcases a range of classics of English literature from the treasures of the British Library for the first time in China, including Charles Dickens’s manuscript for Nicholas Nickleby and Charlotte Brontë’s ‘fair copy’ manuscript of Jane Eyre.

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Start: 2017/04/28 End: 2017/08/29
£ 13.5
From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. This is a unique chance to understand the lesser known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty

Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Start: 2017/06/02 End: 2017/09/19
£ FREE
‘Gay UK' at the British Library explores gay lives through personal testimony, cultural expression and legal reform, from the 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde to the posthumous pardoning of historical homosexual offences in 2017. How have perceptions of homosexuality changed?

In Mu Xin’s Words: Treasures of the British Library

No. 1508, West Wuzhen, Tongxiang Shi, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Start: 2017/10/15 End: 2018/01/14
Original manuscripts which demonstrate the creative methods of some of the greatest writers from English and Irish literature will travel to Wuzhen in China.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Start: 2017/10/20 End: 2018/02/28
£ 16
Journey to where magic and myth began.

Where Great Writers Gather: Treasures of the British Library

1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
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Start: 2018/03/15 End: 2018/04/15
¥ FREE
Original manuscripts by five of the greatest writers in the English language will go on show in Shanghai for the first time in March 2018. ‘Where Great Writers Gather: Treasures of the British Library’ will feature drafts, correspondence and manuscripts by writers including Charlotte Brontë, D H Law

James Cook: The Voyages

PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Start: 2018/04/27 End: 2018/08/28
£ 14(Concession ticket available)
Explore the stories, art and maps of those who were there. It is 250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth. Our exhibition tells the story of Captain James Cook’s three world-changing voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists and sailors o

Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Start: 2018/06/01 End: 2018/10/21
£ FREE
70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London, hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?

Wilde, the web and the world: the British Library comes to Hong Kong

JC Cube, Tai Kwun
10 Hollywood Road, Central
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Start: 2018/11/04 End: 2018/11/06
¥ FREE
British Library to stage Oscar Wilde event at Hong Kong International Literary Festival, November 2018.

Literary Spots in the UK

The Philatelic Exhibition

Upper Ground Floor
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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£ FREE
The National Philatelic Collection, held at the British Library, contains more than 8 million items, and includes postage stamps, railway letter stamps, telegraph stamps, airmails, metal dies and plates and philatelic literature.

Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street,
London, WC1N 2LX
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Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in London and discover the world's most important collection of material relating to the great novelist & social campaigner.

Treasures Gallery

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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£ FREE
The Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery hosts more than 200 beautiful and fascinating items: magnificent hand-painted books from many religious faiths, maps and topographical views, early printed books, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from down the centuries

The Brontë Parsonage Museum

Church Street
Haworth
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR
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Inspirational home of the Bronte family.
The library at the Brontë Parsonage Museum contains the world's most comprehensive collection of Brontë manuscripts, letters, early editions of the novels and poetry and secondary material on the famous family and their work.

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Winchester Road
Chawton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD
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Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire is the only house where Jane lived and wrote that is open to the public as a museum.
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