Reformation at Senate House

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Senate House Library is marking the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg with a new exhibition that explores the impact of the Protestant Reformation on London in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Described by historian David Starkey as the Brexit of its day, Henry VIII’s decision to sever ties with the Pope in Rome placed England outside the family of Catholic nations with profound consequences for society, culture, and England’s place in the new world order. This is the lens through which the exhibition examines this period of London’s history.

The exhibition is free to enter, but you need to register at the Library entrance when you arrive at Senate House. Entry into the exhibition also gives you the chance to explore one of Camden’s hidden treasures, with the library’s 1930s reading rooms and amazing collection of over 2 million books, manuscripts and archives.

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The Reformation season is accompanied by an events programme, including the chance to hear bestselling author Philippa Gregory ‘in conversation’ on 28 September. This is a ticketed event and places are limited, so book now at ref500.uk/philippagregory at a discounted rate of £10 (£5 concessions). There will be a chance to meet the author and get your favourite novel signed.

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Philippa Gregory

You can find details about the whole exhibition and events programme on the website ref500.uk, as well as how to find the Library.

The exhibition runs until 15th December, and will be replaced after Christmas with new displays that explore the changing ways that LGBT communities were portrayed in literature from the nineteenth century onwards in ‘Queer Between the Covers’ (January to June 2018).

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