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Visit the British Library and Discover its Treasures (Free and open to all)

Visit Britain's National Library. The largest library in the world by number of catalogued items...

Holding over 150 million items in a variety of formats and over 15 million books. The British Library is a global centre of research, learning and literature. 

As a legal deposit library it has a copy of every book ever published in the United Kingdom (certainly since 1911 at least) as well as many others published overseas and circulated in the UK. 

During our visit we will visit their permanent galleries and will then have a little freetime to explore other areas of the library as we desire

Here's some more information on each of the permanent galleries, the first being the highlight

Treasures of the British Library...

"See over 200 beautiful and fascinating items: sacred texts from many faiths, maps and views, early printing, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Half of the items now on display have not been seen by the public for many years.

Discover some of the world's most exciting and significant books, from Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible, to Mozart and the Beatles. Marvel at the genius behind the Leonardo notebooks, and see the earliest versions of some of the greatest works of literature, including Beowulf and Shakespeare's First Folio.

Some of the highlights are:

• Diamond Sutra (the world's earliest dated printed book)

• Leonardo's notebook

• Codex Sinaiticus

• Laurence Olivier's script for Macbeth

• Hanif Kureishi's diary from his recently acquired archive

• Celestial globe, 110cm across" .

The Philatelic Exhibition... 

There is a permanent exhibition area for the Philatelic Collections, where you can discover some of the world's rarest and most significant stamps. 

Conservation Uncovered... 

Discover how the precious items are looked after visit the 'Conservation Uncovered' exhibition in the Conservation Centre.

Price: £0/FREE

For further information about the library you can  visit their expansive website here

Your organiser


PS This is the exterior view of the library which should prove useful for when you arrive.

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  • Matthew D.

    Was interesting. I enjoyed walking around the building and chilling out with everyone afterwards

    June 15, 2014

  • Lynn C

    Enjoyed the British library especially the Treasures bit (will go back to visit the comic book exhibition next month), met several nice new people but really shouldn't have had a cider in the pub afterwards cos it made me feel tipsy and I nearly fell asleep on the train o. The way home (I'm blaming the cider for that not 2 days of intensive Meetups!)

    2 · June 15, 2014

  • Alex

    Next nice meetup

    June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great! Thank you for the nice company.

    2 · June 15, 2014

  • Karolina

    This was my first meet up ever. I really enjoyed it and will definitely do more meet ups with this group.

    June 15, 2014

  • Hannah M.

    Great trip as always. Sorry to have split off from the group at the pub after - had a surprise message from some old friends nearby who gatecrashed with a lot up catching up to be done!

    June 15, 2014

  • Silvia

    It was nice to meet you!

    June 15, 2014

  • Saj M.

    Hello hope can still make it:)

    June 15, 2014

  • Benjamin H.

    Hi guys

    Just a quick note for the event, if you are running later than arriving at 2.40pm we will have gone inside. As this is a visit and not a tour catching up with us isn't too important and it's no hassle if you are running late. If you'd like to try to catch up we'll likely start in the "Treasures of the British Library" permanent exhibition, before then moving into the other exhibitions exploring hidden corners and then most likely descending on the cafe. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    Your organiser

    1 · June 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello !
      I am new to meet up and therefore to this group.
      Is there a specific number of people or can I still join the event tomorrow ?
      I am very excited to attend my first event and as I have never been to the Brit Library, that would be a great start !
      I look fwd to hearing from you,

      June 14, 2014

    • Benjamin H.

      Simply RSVP for free events and the system will tell you if you're coming or on a waitlist (on this event you can come as there's no limit on attendees). With paid events just RSVP and pay and if it's full then an option to be notified when a spot opens is shown on the event. See you tomorrow :)

      June 14, 2014

  • aleX

    Robert Langdon was perusing an ancient, mysterious book — a book that had the secret to save humanity from an imminent catastrophe. The British Library was dead silent at this time of the evening... that was until 92 Meetupers scrambled in taking photos with their phones and shouting in a dozen different languages.
    “Damn it!” said Robert Langdon, channeling Jack Bauer for the briefest of moments, “sometimes I wish I could carry a gun...”

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Gisela

    Sorry I can't make it this time.

    June 13, 2014

  • SSK

    Brilliant really hope I get a spot! Do you know if people on the waitlist automatically get a spot if one opens up? This sometimes happens, other times it is whoever rsvps first?

    June 1, 2014

    • Benjamin H.

      For free events it's automatic; for paid events it's the first to pay.

      1 · June 2, 2014

    • SSK

      Great thanks Benjamin!

      June 4, 2014

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