Please note due to the installation of Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, our British Portraits Gallery and Women's Library will be closed until Thursday 26 May. Portrait Artist of the Year and our other permanent collections will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Human Library

Sat 28 MaySun 26 June

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Human Library

The Human Library is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. We are hosting events where readers can borrow human beings; open books to have conversations they would not normally have access to.

Every human book from the bookshelf represents a group in our society that is subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, or ethnic origin.

Linking to our exhibition programme, the Human Library sessions will provide opportunities to engage with and ‘unjudge’ groups who are often misrepresented.  Offering an alternative perspectives of their human experience, through intimate conversations.

Each month, visitors can choose from several titles and loan a human book for a conversation in the surroundings of our inspiring and sometimes challenging ground floor collections.

Please book a timed slot for the event days –  Saturday 28 May and Sunday 19 June.

A valid membership or day ticket is also required.