I last visited the British Library over 15 years ago, when it was part of the British Museum, and the items on display to visitors were more varied and amazing. I remember seeing the only original copy of Beowulf and being blown away. I never wanted to leave. Well, those days are gone. Now the area open to visitors is just a smallish exhibit that has one item on display from any given time period, and none of the wonderful children's literature I remember so well. Yes, worth a visit: the Magna Carta, the Codex Sinaiticus, Handels Messiah, the cabinet of handwritten Beatles lyrics. And stop to listen to the music. But it should offer so much more, as it used to.
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