Patrons’ Programme - Exclusive Events

Exclusive Patrons' Programme events range from curator-led private tours of our exhibitions, to intimate 'show and tells' of handpicked items from the Library’s collection and visits to renowned arts and cultural organisations across London.

All the events listed below are by invitation only. For those wishing to join the Patrons’ Programme, you can do so online here or for more information, please contact Abby Wilson on or 020 7418 7331.

Current Patrons can reserve their place for any of the events below by contacting Abby.

Forthcoming events - Spring 2014

Opening reception and private view - Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
Tuesday 25 February
Our new exhibition, which sees the Folio Society Gallery transformed into a stunning gallery of digital images, explores how scientists past and present have presented information virtually, with spectacular results.

An opening reception will be followed by a private view of the exhibition.

Illustrated Talk - The Age of Wonder and Beyond
Friday 7 March
Historian Richard Holmes gives a lively account of the extraordinary late 18th century revolution in the physical sciences and traces their surprising metaphysical impact on the Romantic writers of the day, including Keats and Byron.

Show and tell - Shakespeare at the British Library
Tuesday 11 March
In 2016, the Library will be staging an exhibition to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death. The Library's collection is rich in Shakespeare material, from early printed books, manuscripts, quartos, folios and music featured in his writings. Join our curators for an intimate 'show and tell' of this amazing collection. 

Tour and private view - India Office Records: The Qatar Partnership
Monday 7 April
The British Library has held the records of the East India Company and the India Office since 1982. In partnership with the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Library, we are re-cataloguing and digitising historical items from these records relating to the Gulf region, opening up over half a million pages of archives and manuscripts to anyone in the world. Join our tour and see at first hand th3e work involved, followed by a 'show and tell' of some of the fascinating items being digitised. 

Please note that all events are subject to change.

Past events this season:

Show and Tell - Greek Manuscripts
Thursday 17 October 2013 

Providing an opportunity to meet Dr Cillian O'Hogan, this evening provided Patrons with an exclusive opportunity to view the gems of our Greek Manuscript Collection.

Talk, book launch and reception - Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell
Wednesday 30 October 2013

Diableries ('Devilments') are ghoulish stereo cards produced in France in the 1860s. These minature works of art were very popular at the time and depict a whole imaginary underworld populated by various mythical figures depicted mainly having fun. Join authors Brian May, Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin for a brief introduction to this stereo world followed by a reception and book signing.

Opening reception and private view - Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Thursday 7 November 2013
Our winter exhibition marks the ascension to the throne of Geroge I in 1714. It explores the legacy of the Georgian period and how this underpins modern life. From architecture to the ballet, from gardens to celebrity, this dazzling exhibtion brings the period to life.

Patrons Christmas Party
Monday 2 December 2013

Our Chief Executive hosted a sparkling celebration of the year in the Library for our Patrons.

Early morning private view of Georgians Revealed
Tuesday 23 January 2014

Moira Goff, Lead Curator of this exhibition, led an early morning viewing of this spectacular exhibition, especially for our Patrons.