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Current Maughan Library exhibition


The Weston Room, The Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

Monday 30 January – Saturday 20 May 2017

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 09.30 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

Bolshevik and Ukrainian forces in conflict. From: Times illustrated history of the War, 1914-21This year marks the centenary of one of the most tumultuous events of modern times, the Russian Revolution.

The successive revolutions of February and October 1917 shaped the coming century for the nations that would become part of the Soviet Union and their neighbours and influenced international relations across the world.

In this exhibition we draw on the unique and distinctive holdings of the Foyle Special Collections Library to look at these events and their aftermath.

Frontispiece portrait of William III. From: The history of England, 1744Elsewhere in this exhibition we explore the concept of revolution more broadly, examining other significant political revolutions of modern times: the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American and French Revolutions of the late 18th century and the Haitian revolution (1791-1804), when former slaves overthrew their masters and established an independent state.

Works such as Thomas Paine’s Common sense (1776) and Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the revolution in France (1790) exemplify the role of the writer in both influencing and responding to revolutionary events.

We look too at some of the revolutionary scientific discoveries which, in their day, overturned prevalent beliefs and have helped to shape modern Western thought, displaying such epoch-defining publications as Galileo’s Dialogo (1632) and Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species (1859).

In the realm of creative literature the work of Byron and an inscribed copy of the poems of Allen Ginsberg remind us of the revolutionary sensibilities which writers and artists can transmit to their audiences.

The palace of Sans Souci, Haiti. From: Copie de lettres, 1805-06In the final case of this exhibition we include contributions from colleagues across King’s, who have written a wide selection of features exploring their response to the topics of revolution and of societal and cultural change.

Unless otherwise stated, all items in this exhibition are from the holdings of the Foyle Special Collections Library

Admission and access

Access to the exhibition is free. On arrival at the Maughan Library, please follow the signs to the Weston Room. Please note that visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library. The exhibition ticket is available to print below, as is a guide to the exhibition. Copies of the guide are also available to pick up in the Weston Room.

Exhibition guide (pdf, 731 kb)
Exhibition ticket (Word, 381 kb)
Exhibition ticket (pdf, 257 kb)

Exhibition closure dates

Wednesday 12 April - closes at 16.00

Wednesday 10 May - closes at 16.00

Thursday 11 May - closes at 16.00

Wednesday 17 May - closes at 13.30

Thursday 18 May - closes at 16.00

Please note that the exhibition is closed on Sundays.

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