Current Maughan Library exhibitions
In addition to the main exhibition at the Maughan Library detailed below, to celebrate Mexican Culture Week at King's, we also have a week-long display of Mexican related material, running 2-7 March:
From the conquistadors to Octavio Paz: a selection of our library holdings on Mexico
On display are items from the library collections, reflecting our rich holdings on Mexican topography, history and culture.
These range in date from the 17th century to the present day and include early histories of Mexico in the age of the conquistadors, 19th century European travellers' accounts of the country and first editions of works by DH Lawrence and Octavio Paz.
A selection of books from the Maughan Library’s Mexico holdings is available for browsing on an adjacent table.
Our current exhibition in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library: The great leveller: humanity's struggle against infectious disease runs from 26 January to 15 April 2015. More information is available from the link below:
The great leveller: humanity's struggle against infectious disease
King's building foyer exhibition
Currently highlighted in the King's Building foyer is a new exhibition The Gallipoli Campaign illuminating a military effort in World War One during which the Allies attempted to seize the narrow Dardanelles Straits in Turkey in order to defeat the Ottoman empire.
After heavy losses, the campaign which began in February 1915 ended in January 1916 with no change in the control of the straits. A series of images and documents provides insight into this struggle.
Entry is open free to everyone.
Celebrating DNA is a display cabinet filled with items from the College Archives illustrating the crucial work done in x-ray crystallography at King's College London in the early 1950s by Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin along with their colleagues.
This led directly to the discovery of the helical structure of DNA. The items can be viewed in a display cabinet on the first floor of the main King's building at the Strand.
Additional displays of matter from the College Archives are on view in the Student Informal Study Space and foyer of the Physics department offices. Access to some of these areas is controlled.
Online exhibition pages authored by Archives and Special Collections staff give a good idea of the breadth of subject matter our collections cover and the quality of images we can make available. Increasingly, the exhibitions we create are supplemented by online exhibitions to make content accessible to those unable to visit in person.
Archive and Special Collections Exhibitions
New online exhibitions
In the Beginning....
The latest online exhibition from the Archives, In the Beginning... explains the early history of King's College London. Topics discussed and illustrated include the reason for its foundation, its location on the Strand in London next to Somerset House, its construction and early college life.
From woodcut to photograph: techniques of book illustration
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ – this commonplace adage reflects a widespread appreciation of the value of the visual image as both an aid to understanding and a stimulus to emotional or aesthetic response. That appreciation is reflected in the long and varied history of book illustration and in the constant striving by printers, illustrators and inventors to develop better ways of reproducing illustrations accurately and economically - themes we explore in this exhibition.
This exhibition ran from 22 January - 15 April 2014 in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library. It is now available to view online here.