See sacred and historical works in the British Library from 1 September
Treasures of the British Library
The exhibition is a collection of valuable texts, sketches and early maps.
Highlights include Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, anatomical illustrations by Michelangelo and a diagram by Florence Nightingale.
Literary lovers can read Shakespeare’s First Folio and see the desk where Jane Austen penned her novels. You can also browse handwritten manuscripts by the Brontë sisters, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.
The Magna Carta – a royal charter of rights dating back to 1215 – is on display, too.
Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition
In addition to Treasures of the British Library, you can browse the paid-for exhibition Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word (from 1 Sep).
Around 40 Hebrew manuscripts from around the world will be on display, some of which date back to the 10th century.
The manuscripts cover religion, science, law, magic and alchemy.
You must book online and wear a face covering.
The library will store your contact details so you can be traced in case of a Covid-19 outbreak. In addition, it will store your arrival and departure times.
As well as reduced capacity in the galleries and reading rooms, the library has introduced a one-way system to help with social distancing.
In addition to the above measures, door handles and buttons will be cleaned more often.
These measures mean the library has been awarded Visit Britain’s safety certificate, We’re Good to Go.