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Taking Liberties: the struggle for Britain's freedoms and rights
31 October 2008 – 1 March 2009
We take our rights for granted. Free speech. A free press. The rule of law. The power to vote in those who make the laws and spend our taxes. And the power to vote them out.
These rights didn't simply happen. They were hard won, the product of hundreds of years of debate, struggle, bloodshed and war. Many people died for them: heroes, villains, and some who were both.
Nor are these rights ours forever. They can be changed or removed, and at various times in our history, they have been.
The British Library’s forthcoming free exhibition Taking Liberties: the struggle for Britain’s freedoms and rights uncovers the roots of British democracy over a period of more than 900 years.
See iconic documents that paved the way for liberty and democracy, many of them rarely displayed, from Magna Carta to the Good Friday AgreementEngage with lavish computer interactives that compare your views on liberty and freedom with everyone else'sTake part in our series of outstanding events with top speakers who address today's hottest political debates, such as human rights, ID cards, and detention without chargeInspire your students with learning workshops on history and citizenship
You can also nominate people from your area who have made a contribution to freedom and justice in our Hidden Heroes scheme.