For over a decade I've been dropping into the British Library to study, see the permanent collection, use the loos, get a drink, see the exhibitions, pass a bit of time. The building is consistently immaculate, well managed, and carefully curated. Every exhibition I've been to has been a delight.
The Captain Cook exhibition was really something else. Many of the art and writings had been brought back from his voyages and are therefore rare and fragile. It was a privilege to see them. The commentary on the effect of his journeys on the peoples he met and their effect on him was thoughtfully done. The final section on Cook's death was intriguing and should be shown to anyone learning about how different agendas and limited evidence can distort events and perceptions.
My favourite bit is always riding the Library's escalators, though. I just love the narrow little ones!
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