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Archives and Special Collections host regular free exhibitions in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library and at the Strand campus, open to both King's staff and students and the wider public.

Weston Room exhibition caseThe material exhibited gives an indication of the breadth and depth of our collections.

Recent exhibitions have covered topics related to the bicentenary of the publication of James Parkinson's Essay on the shaking palsy, World War One and the history of print; as well as collaborative exhibitions undertaken with academic and professional partners, on various subjects.

When these exhibitions are taken down, we often digitise them to create online exhibitions.

Current Maughan Library exhibition

Cover of the Savoy magazine, 1896Our current exhibition in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library is: Eternal graffiti: British and American avant-garde poetry.

Running from 2 September to 14 December 2019, the exhibition charts the development of innovative and experimental poetry throughout the course of the 20th century in the United States and Great Britain.

From the first stirrings of modernism in the work of TS Eliot and Ezra Pound to the proliferation of poetic styles and practices at the century’s end, the exhibition showcases the depth and range of material held in our special collections and archives.

Highlights include correspondence from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, first editions of works by Ezra Pound, TS Eliot, and H.D., signed copies by William S Burroughs and Michael McClure, and rare publications by Gary Snyder and Amiri Baraka.

Subjects and movements represented include the Beats, the Black Arts movement, small presses and periodicals, the British Poetry Revival of the 1970s and concrete poetry.

For more information and a link to an entry ticket, guide and opening hours, please see the link to the right.

Current exhibitions

King's building foyer exhibition

F D Maurice: A Life at King's

The current display in the Entrance Hall celebrates the life of Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), former Professor of Theology at King's and one of the most prominent theologians of the modern Anglican Church.

In the mid-19th century, he became the spiritual leader of the influential ‘Christian Socialism’ movement. In this capacity and in the course of his life’s work, he strove to create a brand of Anglicanism that could overcome what he saw as the major challenges of the age – a divided society and a dwindling interest in the moral guidance of Christianity.

However, simultaneously radical and conservative, Maurice’s arguments were sometimes confusing and he was never far from controversy. One particularly notable controversy occurred wduring his professorship at King’s. In November 1853, the College Council expelled him from the university, citing the ‘dangerous’ tendencies of his newly published Theological Essays.

This display tells the story of his expulsion from King’s, and reveals as much about the changing place of religion at the university as it does about the life of this influential but controversial religious thinker.

The display was curated by MA World History student Edward Ashcroft. An online version is also available to view.

Permanent displays

Displays of items 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.

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