Thursday 17 November–Friday 25 November (Mon–Fri 9.00–17.30, Sat 10.00–17.00, closed Sunday)
We recommend that you pre-register for a free library day-pass before your visit. This exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s influential work Utopia in the city of Leuven in 1516. As well as coining a new word, Thomas More challenged the foundations of English society by advocating a republic free from social conflict and distress. Taking early modern utopian visions as a starting point, the exhibition will consider how humankind has dreamed and experimented with the concept of the perfect society across different times and places. It will also explore how utopian dreams have often turned into dystopian realities leading to authoritarian systems of government where human rights and civil liberties have been suppressed.