The Library of Birmingham has a wealth of collections waiting to be uncovered and the Library of Cultures is our chance to showcase some of the highlights. We invite you to come and find out more for yourselves. In books, photographs, music, documents, illustrations, the Library of Birmingham is a treasure trove of information, telling stories from across the world past and the present. There are stories of discovery, stories of struggle, stories of hope and stories of freedom.
There will be a rare opportunity to see one of the library’s biggest and most expensive books, Audubon’s Birds of America. Published in 1827, only 120 are known to survive.
Amongst many other treasures, there’s also a chance to see our earliest English printed book, dating from 1479, and find out how it came to be a part of the library’s collections.
Discover more about Shakespeare, the master of English story telling, and Birmingham’s unparalleled Shakespeare collections. There are texts and posters of plays from across the world in many different languages.
We’ll be telling stories about the struggles for freedom both at home and abroad, about the fight for the right to vote, to live as we want and to follow our convictions.
The exhibition will take you on journeys, exploring different countries and cultures with photographs, artefacts and documents revealing lives and cultures around the world.
The Library of Cultures exhibition will be in the Discovery Gallery, Level 3 of the Library of Birmingham, 27 January – 27 April 2014 and you can visit the website to find out more about exclusive viewings and tours with the exhibition Curators. Admission Free.