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Behind the scenes at the British Library

20 February 2023

Our exhibitions are delighting people around the UK

Some of our favourite exhibitions, past and present, can be found in different locations throughout the country.

Displays leading on from Chinese and British, an exhibition currently running here in St Pancras, can be seen in our partner libraries across the UK. Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels has recently come to York Art Gallery, and Paddington: the Story of a Bear will be appearing in a new location later this year.


Chinese and British

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© Henry W and Albert A Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library.

Chinese communities have been calling the UK home for much longer than many realise. Tracing their heritage back to regions in East and South-East Asia, they’ve established a rich and diverse culture across the UK.

Chinese and British is currently at our partner libraries across the country, taking its lead from our current exhibition here at St Pancras. Reflect on this long history through photographs, manuscripts and interviews with those who have lived through it. Head to one of our partner libraries to see these bespoke displays augmented with local collections, stories and events.

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Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels

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Zog © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 2010

Anyone can be a rebel, whether they are standing up for their beliefs, saving the planet or battling against the odds. See how characters from Pippi Longstocking to Princess Pearl break rules and defy conventions to make the world a better place for others.

Marvellous and Mischievous was originally opened here in St Pancras in 2019, and has since been touring around the country. After visiting Devon and Suffolk last year, the exhibition’s latest stop is at the York Art Gallery, where it will stay until June.

Showcasing around 40 books, manuscripts and original artwork, this family-friendly exhibition includes a diverse range of rebels, outsiders and spirited survivors from children’s literature spanning more than 300 years, inviting visitors to rediscover their favourite characters, as well as meeting new ones.

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Paddington: the Story of a Bear

His heart-warming exploits and kind and caring nature have made Paddington one of the world’s most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington. More than 60 years on, his stories still delight people of all ages around the world.

The exhibition will be hosted somewhere new this summer after journeying to Hitchin and Carlisle last year, originally appearing at the Library in 2021. Keep an eye out for the announcement soon! Fans, both big and small, can once again join Paddington as he sets off on a new adventure.