March 2012
Development News
Dear Supporter,

We hope you enjoy the March edition of the Development e-newsletter. Thank you to all of our donors who have supported our £9m campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel. It's not to late to make a donation. 

What's in this issue:
Major New Exhibiton
Young Patrons
Spring Festival 
St Cuthbert Gospel Appeal
Support Us
Forthcoming Major Exhibition 
Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands
11 May - 25 September 2012 

From William Blake to the 21st century suburban hinterlands of JG Ballard, Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderland will examine how the landscapes of Britain permeate the nation's great literary works. Explore over 150 literary works including sound recordings, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings.

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Ted Hughes and Fay Godwin
Remains of Elmet, 1979

Young Patrons - New Wilde Membership

We are now offering a young patrons membership for supporters in their 20s-30s.

Wilde Membership
gives young supporters exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Library and the opportunity to meet with friends and make new ones in a relaxed social environment like our recent Spring Festival 'Late' event.

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Photo by melaphoto.net

Spring Festival
Earlier this month the Library hosted its first Spring Festival aimed at the creative industries. Over 1,500 people took part in the fantastic five-day programme including a pop-up market and exhibition, digital graffiti, vintage knitting and top names such as Quentin Blake, Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz), Neville Brody, Mr Scruff and Emma Bridgewater.

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Jamie Hewlett Interview

Last chance to give
Get Involved

St Cuthbert Gospel Appeal

"The St Cuthbert Gospel is unique, British, and one of the great glories among books."
- Melvyn Bragg

The St Cuthbert Gospel looks exactly the same to us today as it did to the monks who created it fourteen centuries ago. We have under £1.5m left to raise to reach our target and achieve our goal of displaying it in London and the North-East.

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Share your Supporter Story

We would love to hear what has inspired you to give to one of the world's great libraries.

"Old texts are extremely valuable for civilization as record, influence, and as insight to those who came before us, so I support the acquisition of the St Cuthbert Gospel."- Isral Duke, Supporter

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BL Prints

Images available range from iconic manuscripts such as the Magna Carta to maps and stunning landscape photographs by Fay Godwin.


Adopt a Book

Give your mum a unique gift this Mother's Day and support the Library's vital Conservation programme. New illustrated books added.

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