The display, supported by Newsworks, will close on 21 August
Exploring the issues of choice, interpretation, truth and trust in the media, ‘Breaking the News’ delves into the national collection of news housed at the British Library to showcase 500 years of UK news.
The exhibition features a range of stories, people and exhibits, from the earliest surviving piece of printed news in Great Britain from 1513 right up to the ‘All Together’ Covid-19 public messaging campaign and stories from the present day.
It also highlights the significant role people play in shaping, consuming and producing the news and celebrates those who have pushed boundaries to get a story told.
Samira Ahmed, journalist, broadcaster and chair of the ‘Breaking the News’ advisory panel, said: “It might seem strange to think of daily news being the subject of a British Library exhibition but what’s wonderful is that the exhibition shows us how news has always connected us as citizens, from Tudor times to the present.
“It shows us how confronting the truth, sometimes in the face of official censorship and control, is so valuable, even if sometimes frightening, and highlights the role news plays in helping build a fairer world.”
Read more about ‘Breaking the News’ here.