Maughan Library, King's College London

Maughan Library, King's College London
Chancery Lane




020 7848 1843

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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.
Botanical garden at St Vincent

Fruits of the earth: plants in the service of mankind

  • 15 October — 13 December 2014 *on now

In this library exhibition we explore the world of useful plants through some of the rare and beautiful books in the Foyle Special Collections Library. We look at the gradual superseding of herbals, which embodied the folk medicine of medieval and early modern Europe, by later medical advances, such as William Withering’s discovery of the therapeutic properties of foxglove leaves as a treatment for heart disease. The expansion of Europe’s imperial and commercial horizons following the age of discovery not only transformed botanical knowledge by revealing a wealth of hitherto unknown species but ushered in an age of expansionist and competitive trade in those plants that were to become an integral part of Europe’s daily life: coffee, cocoa, tea, sugar cane, cotton and rubber, among others. We look at these products, at society’s attitudes towards them and at the transition to mass production that took place in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.