library of exile (detail)


Edmund de Waal in conversation: library of exile

Lectures & discussions / Research event / 20 Jun 2020

Age: 18+

Event information

20 Jun 2020

This event has been cancelled.

BP Lecture Theatre

British Museum, Great Russell Street,

London, WC1B 3DG


  • £5
  • £4 (Members)
  • £4 (Concessions)


Please note due to the current situation regarding coronavirus and the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we have taken the decision to cancel this event.

We understand that this will be disappointing news, but we would like to reassure you that, where possible, we will aim to reschedule cancelled events for later in the year when the Museum reopens. 

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Join renowned artist and author Edmund de Waal as he discusses the scope, context and themes of his acclaimed installation library of exile.

'A place of translation, a space to sit and read and be', the installation houses more than 2,000 books, written by exiled writers. From Ovid to Dante and Victor Hugo to André Aciman, the books in the library form a record of repression, as well as celebrating the writing of the displaced. 

Read and reflect in the library from 12 March – 8 September 2020 in Room 2 of the Museum.

The talk forms part of Refugee Week 2020.