Maughan Library, King's College London

The Maughan Library, King's College London, hosts a rolling prggramme of public exhibitions of material from its own collections, as well as items on loan from other libraries and musueums. Exhibitions take place in the matchless surroundings of the Weston Room (the former Rolls Chapel).

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Opening hours

Normal exhibition opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 9.30-17.00.
Visitors are advised to check our website prior to visiting for details of any planned closures.

Admission charges

Entry to exhibitions is free.
Visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library and to present some form of photographic ID. The exhibition ticket is also available to print or download from our website.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Scene from the Battle of Waterloo with cavalry about to charge

'The nearest run thing you ever saw’: the Battle of Waterloo

  • 10 June — 23 September 2015 *on now

‘It has been a damned nice thing—the nearest run thing you ever saw.’
With these words the Duke of Wellington summed up the battle which on 18 June 1815 saw the final defeat of Napoleonic France near the village of Waterloo.
In this exhibition we look at the course of the battle itself, the military tactics and techniques involved and the treatment afforded to those wounded on the battlefield. We look too at the careers of the two key protagonists, Napoleon and Wellington.
Exhibits include a contemporary map of the battle, a manuscript register of correspondence kept by the Foreign Office during foreign secretary Castlereagh’s attendance at the Congress of Vienna and a surgeon’s amputation set.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Entry to the exhibition is free, but please consult our web pages or contact us on 020 7848 1843 to check details of opening times and access.


Maughan Library, King's College London
Chancery Lane




020 7848 1843

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