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Upcoming Exhibition

Darwin in conversation

29 April – 26 August 2023Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

Touring from the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, this exhibition highlights a selection of the illustrator Raymond Briggs’ most significant works.


Past Exhibitions and Displays


Darwin in Conversation

Discover how Darwin’s global network of correspondents shaped his ideas around the evolution of life on planet Earth

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Samurai: History and Legend

Samurai: History and Legend

Samurai are a well-known image of Japan, but they are as much legend as history.

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Ghost Words: Reading the past

Ghost Words: Reading the Past

Medieval scribes used to recycle old books by scraping the parchment clean and writing a fresh text over the top.

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Samurai: History and Legend

Previous Exhibitions

Browse our past exhibitions: from the Great Collections to Lines of thought.

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Upcoming Events

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23 Mar
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IN PERSON EVENT | 23 Mar 7.30pm to 8.45pm

Mr. Darwin's Tree

Hosted as part of the Cambridge Festival, Mr. Darwin’s Tree is a one-man play about the life and work of Charles Darwin.

28 Mar
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BOOK CLUB | 28 Mar 7pm to 8pm

The Really Popular Book Club: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company. Hosted to mark International Women's Day.

28 Mar
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IN PERSON EVENT | 28 Mar 10am to 11am, 12pm to 1pm, 2pm to 3pm

Over 8 Million Books and Counting

These tours about our status as a legal deposit library are hosted especially for the Cambridge Festival.