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It was more than five years ago that we first had the idea for an exhibition to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This was during a visit to the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2012. Their own exhibition ‘Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700’ will open on 14 September. The full proposal was put forward two years ago while detailed planning kicked off last December. So it has been a long time in the making but here we are finally open!

For the last week a team of people have been hard at work putting everything in place – Special Collections collections and engagement staff, Collection Care and Strategic Marketing & Communications. There were a few last minute crises (aren’t there always with exhibitions?) but nothing that couldn’t be solved with some smart thinking and teamwork. A big thanks to everyone, you know who you are ….

The Reformation exhibition is now on until 4 March 2018. It is free and open to all.

Watch out for more on social media (#jrlReformation) and on this blog highlighting the stories in this exhibition and individual objects.