If anyone lives near London
or is visiting before March 4th, can I recommend "London
: A Life in Maps
" at the British Library
. As the name implies it features maps
through the ages and much more besides. I have always been fascinated by maps
and it's even more fascinating when they show somewhere I know, as it was in earlier epocs.
As a bonus at the start of the exhibition there is a case with a few coins, including the famous Arras medalion showing Constantius entering London
and the recently discovered Coenwulf gold coin. I'm not sure if they are the originals but they don't say they're not, and they look quite convincing.
I should also mention the permanent exhibition at the British Library
which includes such gems as the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest Bible, Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Bible, Shakespeare's folios, etc., etc., etc.