Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands

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 details

British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB 020 7412 7332 www.bl.uk

Entry details

£4.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

Mon, Wed, Thur and Fri, 9.30am – 6pm
Tues, 9.30am – 8pm
Sat, 9.30am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm

To book visit the British Library website

What the critics say


Writing Britain is a resonant exhibition that makes efforts to broaden our concept of British "space" beyond conventional notions of landscape


The journey begins with Rural Dreams, continuing via the Industrial Muse, Wild Places and Waterlands to Cockney Visions and Beyond the City.