Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands

British Library

11 May – 25 September 2012

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Writing Britain celebrates the treasures of the British Library's English literature collections with an exhibition of stunning items, some of which are on display for the first time.

Drawing on the full range of the Library's holdings, it explores how writers from Shakespeare to Woolf have been inspired by the nation's understanding of landscape and place.

Don't miss The exhibition features over 150 literary works spanning the past 1000 years, including drawings, manuscripts and printed editions. Highlights include an early 15th-century manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and a handwritten copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, a little-known chapter of The Wind in the Willows that was removed from most editions.

Venue information

Opening times

Main building

Mon – Thu, 9.30am – 8pm

Fri, 9.30am –​6pm (Sat until 5pm)

​Sun, 11am-5pm

Treasures Gallery and PACCAR exhibitions

Tue –Thu, 9.30am-8pm, Mon & Fri until 6pm, Sat until 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

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