With a rare opportunity to see one of the Library’s biggest and most expensive books; Audubon’s Birds of America (one of only 120 surviving copies), a chance to see the Library’s earliest printed book (dating from 1479), along with their world-renowned Shakespeare Collection, Library of Cultures; the library’s new exhibition reminds us what a good library does best…books!
Taking place in the Discovery Gallery the exhibition tells stories from across the world, past and present. Whilst showcasing some of the highlights of the of the Library’s extensive collections; including a treasure trove of photographs, music, archive documents, and of course more books.
The Culture Season doesn’t stop there, this programme of events celebrates human creativity in all its forms. Encompassing exhibitions, performances, drop in sessions, talks and much more. It’s another jam packed programme, and as clichéd as it is to say, there really is something for everyone.
You can get involved with the Big Read; Explore the Library’s photographic collection from February at Triple Exposure – a digital exhibition of images of China over the last 150 years; Take the kids to one of the many free family events and workshops during February half-term; Or just pop one of the regular craft or poetry meets in the café.
Join Flatpack on 23rd March for a day of film fun, part of the 8th Flatpack Film Festival; Take a free calligraphy workshop in association with the Pen Museum on March 1st; On April 2nd you can meet the author, Jodi Ann Bickley, of ‘One Million Lovely Letters’ published later this year; or do something different at lunchtime and attend one of University of Birmingham’s lunchtime lectures, and much more.
Many of the events are completely free but check the website for the full Culture Season programme listings, prices and ticket information.
The Library of Birmingham
0121 242 4242
Until 27 April 2014
Words: Hannah Wood