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Highlight A damned serious business: Waterloo 1815, the battle and its books

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is being marked in our current exhibition, featuring a selection of the Library’s books, maps and manuscripts to commemorate the most famous battle in modern European history.

9:00AM - 7:00PM

'Journeys', an exhibition by Paul Janssens

An exhibition of paintings inspired by the travels of the artist

10:00AM - 5:00PM

A Young Man’s Progress

An impressive display of five modern photographic recreations - printed to large scale - telling the fictional story of Matthew Smith, a young man from North London, who is obsessed with clothes. The modern photographs are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bird Language

A small installation of four birdcages by contemporary artist Xu Bing.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Close-up and personal: Eighteenth-century gold boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Fashionable among both men and women, these exquisite and elegant containers were one of the most popular accessories in 18th century Europe. They were often used to hold snuff (a scented preparation of powdered tobacco) or sweetmeats. The most lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty and exemplify court culture and fashion en miniature.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

David Kindersley – Alphabetician, The Hidden Face of Lettering

A display to mark the Centenary of David Kindersley, letter carver and typeface designer of great originality and skill, whose work includes the iconic British Library gates and street sign lettering across the length and breadth of Britain.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Modern heroism: printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Highlights of the exhibition include prints by Charlet and Raffet, who contributed to Napoleon’s heroic legacy through glorifying war and military personnel; works by Delacroix and Gericault that respond to the drama and tragedy of the period; and satirical prints by Daumier.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Moonstrips: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72

Eduardo Paolozzi’s use of found images and words cut from popular magazines and scientific journals played a formative role in the development of British art in the 1950s and 60s. He adapted the technique of collage to printed media in spectacular sets – often seen as highlights of Pop Art.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Labours of Herakles

Worlds collide as an ancient hero takes his labours to colonial New Zealand in this exhibition, "The Labours of Herakles", a series of lithographs by artist Marian Maguire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce in the Enlightenment.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Diana Zwibach - The Wonderful Discoverie: Lancashire Witches, 1612-2012

After many years, Diana Zwibach revisited Lancaster Castle at the beginning of 2011, where she was once more taken by its fascinating history and the imminent 400th anniversary of the Lancashire witches trials at the castle.

11:30AM - 5:00PM

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Art, Dance and movement 1911–15

2015 marks 100 years since Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died aged 23 in the First World War. His sculpture and drawings reveal an artist constantly experimenting as he sought to capture through art the energy he saw in life.

11:30AM - 5:00PM

Whitney McVeigh inventory: invisible companion

Whitney McVeigh is making a new installation for St. Peter’s Church, next to Kettle’s Yard. Her compelling work explores the presence of history, collective memory and the nature of mark making as a human imprint.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Circuit curates: Gaudier-Brzeska

The Circuit group are curating a display in Helen’s bedroom in Kettle’s Yard that explores the artist’s fascination with birds. The display includes sculptures, ink drawings and sketchbooks.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Contemporary Drawings

To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists can be found in the house. They range from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings. Artists include Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago and Rachel Howard.

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Life clubs - Self improvement workshops

Life clubs was created in 2004 by Nina Grunfeld, best-selling author of The Life Book. Sessions are every Wednesday.