PREVIEW: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, British Library

Marking the 100th anniversary since the Russian Revolution, the British Library marks the anniversary with this exhibition looking at both sides of the conflict. 


Displaying a number of rarely seen objects from both sides of the conflict, such as a first edition of the Communist Manifesto or anti-Bolshevik propaganda, the British Library aims to shed light on the stories of those who were caught up in the revolution.

The exhibition brings to life the very personal stories of the conflict that transformed the world, offering a fresh perspective of the revolution that destroyed many people’s lives and tore apart many families.

One of the main objects to be displayed as part of the exhibition is Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass, signed with his pseudonym, Jacob Richter, which he was using in order to evade the Tsarist police of the time  from the British Library’s own collection.

The exhibition will feature a wide range of objects and material including posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film.

Combining political elements along with the personal side of the revolution, visitors will be able to explore the central characters during the revolution including Lenin and Trotsky as well as the tales of those ordinary people living through extraordinary events.

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths asks how the revolution helped to transform the international landscape forever? did the events in Russia in 1917 shape the world in which we live in today?

The exhibition will begin during the reign of the Tsar, right through to the growth of the revolutionary movements which transformed Russia’s traditional monarchy into the world’s first Communist state.

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths  will be on display at the British Library from the 28th April until the 29th August. For more information visit:


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