The London Olympics are nearly here, not merely a series of sporting events but a great cultural one, including a look back at previous events.
The British Library is more than just a library, more than simply Britain's leading research archive, and more than simply The World's Knowledge. It has an excellent bookshop, permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions and events, including conferences, and much more.
From July 25 to September 9, it is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the Olympic Games. Full details can be found here, but Olympex 2012 will include exhibits of some 2500 Olympic related stamps and postal memorabilia and two events in the Library's conference centre: the 1908 Olympics and the 1948 Austerity Olympics. Austerity is of course a word much in the news recently, but so far we have avoided food rationing.
If you are able to visit the British Library during the Olympics, don't forget to check out the Magna Carta. If you can't, you can still view it on-line.