Cultures Season at the Library of Birmingham January - April 2014
The Library of Birmingham is a treasure trove of books, photographs, music, documents and illustrations telling stories from across the world. A new exhibition, the second to take place in the Discovery Gallery, will showcase some of the highlights of the Library’s extensive collections. There will be a rare opportunity to see one of the library’s biggest and most expensive books, Audubon’s Birds of America.
Library of Cultures will tell stories from across the world, the past and the present. There are stories of discovery, stories of struggle, stories of hope and stories of freedom. As well as the opportunity to view Audubon’s Birds of America, one of only 120 copies of the precious book known to survive, there will be a chance to see the Library’s earliest printed book, dating from 1479 and the highlight of the Library’s world-renowned Shakespeare Collection, the First Folio.
The Cultures Season of events, following on from the successful Discovery Season which launched the Library, celebrates human creativity in its widest, most fascinating and sometimes unexpected forms. From the earliest days of print to the latest digital technologies, events will explore the ways through which people record, share and create the cultures that shape our world.