Exhibition: Breaking the News

This exhibition runs from Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 to Sun, 21st Aug 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

22nd Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
23rd Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
24th Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
25th Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
26th Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
27th Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)
28th Apr 2022  
(12am - 12am)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 22nd Apr 2022

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £16

News has the power to make and break elections. Turn everyday people into overnight superstars. And bring them crashing back down to earth.

We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world around us – and the way we make sense of it.

But can it ever be truly objective? And is the news you consume the same as everyone else’s?

Challenge and change the way you think about news

This exhibition prompts big questions about the news we consume:

How do your opinions and beliefs influence the news you choose?
When does news become propaganda?
Why do we devour crime stories and sensationalism?
Who decides which stories to suppress and which to spotlight?

From the Great Fire of London to #BlackLivesMatter

Explore five centuries of UK news through broadsheets, blogs and objects from our own collection and examine era-defining stories close-up. From reporting on Jack the Ripper to the Profumo Affair. And from coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire to the war in Syria.

Doomscroll. Debate. Disagree.

Today’s news is a battleground where conflicting ideas and ideologies are held up and fought over. But it can also kick-start movements. Entertain and uplift us. And change the world for the better.

We argue about it, but we’d be lost without it.

So what really lies behind the headlines?

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The British Library,

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