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British Library Spring 2014: Georgians Revealed, Beautiful Science and Spring Festival 2014

Spring at the Library sees talks from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Palin and Hanif Kureishi as well as the launch of an exciting new exhibition, Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight.

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EXHIBITION: Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain continues at the Library until 11 March, with associated events that include improvised Austen and a Georgians Valentine’s Ball…

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel
Friday 7 February, 19.00 – 20.00, and Saturday 8 February, 14.30 – 15.30
£10 / £8 over 60s / £7 concessions
Having revelled in the delights of the Hay Festival and Latitude and enjoyed another sell-out run in Edinburgh, Austentatious join us for a spot of Georgian merriment, replete with stolen glances and impeccable manners. Performing a comedy play in period costume in the inimitable style of Jane Austen, they will serve up a deliciously witty story based entirely on audience suggestions.

The Georgian Valentine’s Ball
Friday 14 February, 19.30 – 22.30
£35, Entrance Hall
On this most romantic of nights, enjoy a Georgian inspired banquet, hosted in our grand Entrance Hall. Delight in historical feasts, interactive performance, baroque musicians and quadrilles, as we join up with Peyton and Byrne’s Supper Socials and Georgian Townhouse Parties for a magical, seductive and romantic evening

The Age of Wonder and Beyond
Friday 7 March, 18.30 – 20.00
£8 / £6 over 60s / £5 concessions
In this illustrated talk, historian Richard Holmes gives a lively account of the extraordinary late 18th century revolution in the physical sciences notably in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, geographical exploration, and aerostation (ballooning!), and traces their surprising metaphysical impact on the Romantic writers of the day, including Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Keats and Byron.

For more Georgians Revealed events see

EXHIBITION OPENING: Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
20 February – 26 May 2014
Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today’s era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century.

Beautiful Science explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph, and map the mass data of the time.

From John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map, to a colourful digital tree of life, discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.

Full programme available on the British Library website.

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