Studying Precious Manuscripts at the British Library in London, UK
The British Library, home to 14 million books, also houses a quiet, dim-lit gallery of ancient illuminated manuscripts and priceless historical and literary artifacts. In the literature corner, you find Shakespeare's first folio and Lewis Carroll's first handwritten copy of Alice in Wonderland, full of scribbles that expose his wickedly genius mind. A music section showcases Handel's Messiah—also written by hand—and a substantial display focused on the Beatles. A side room boasts the original copy of the Magna Carta, created in 1215, while the notebook pages of the scientific doodles of Leonardo da Vinci are fascinating.