I’m in London today for the private view of the Exhibition Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, opening at the British Library from tomorrow until 25th September. I came up to the British Library yesterday to install The Rebecca Manuscript in its case where it will stay for the next four months as part of this major exhibition.
The notebook is part of the Waterlands section of the exhibition and the pages are open at the point in the book plan where a shipwreck is discovered……. An exciting day to be there, the gallery was a hive of activity with podcasts for the exhibition being recorded and other priceless manuscripts being installed around me.
As well as the fantastic Rebecca Notebook I saw two manuscript pages of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend and Exeter Cathedral’s priceless The Exeter Book going into their cases. I placed Rebecca in its secure case and as it was the last manuscript to go in everything was secured into place while I was there. It’s really good to see the care taken to ensure that the manuscripts are in the best possible environment for their four month stay.
It’s going to be a wonderful exhibition and worth a visit.
Head of Heritage Collections
British Library Press Release Here
There are some links to some great images of the exhibition from this page