Sometimes I plan out the trips I’d like to take. There’s so much to see and not enough time to see it. I’ve been to England and spent a few days in London, but I didn’t see nearly as much as I wish I could have. One thing I didn’t get to do is visit The British Library.
Libraries are boring, right? Maybe for you! Some libraries are so grand they are almost like an art gallery or museum. It’s more than just a place to check out books.
The British Library has some amazing literary arifacts that should be on every bibliophile’s bucket list.
- The Gutenberg Bible – First book ever printed
- The Magna Carta
- Lyrics handwritten by The Beatles
- Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook
- An 11th century copy of Beowulf
- Original drafts by literary greats like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
- Handwritten sheet music by Bach or Handel
Not to mention the temporary exhibits they display from time to time. Right now you can see manuscripts of Oscar Wilde and drawings of Goethe!
This museum is also free, so you have no excuse to miss it! After seeing these amazing historical documents, I could spend all day just exploring the shelves of this beautiful library. One day…