In the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Evolving English’, the roots of Old English dictionaries, medieval manuscripts, advertisements and newspapers from around the world are brought together – alongside everyday texts and dialect sound recordings. The exhibition allows you to follow the social, cultural and historical influences on the English language… and see how it’s still evolving today.
According to the Londonist, November 11, 2010 – The layout is a triumph. Most British Library exhibitions have tried to cram in far too much, kettling and corraling visitors around a labyrinth of partitions. Here, the room is fully exposed, with most exhibits hugging the edges. An impressive projection screen runs around the top of the walls, offering key quotes and dates of interesting word coinages. The result is a roomy, relaxed, even embiggened environment in which to browse the messy but fascinating history of our language. A totally cromulent experience. Surface 450 m2.