Library exhibition marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution and exploring other significant revolutions – political, scientific and cultural.

2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and, drawing on the holdings of the Foyle Special Collections Library, this exhibition looks at this tumultuous event and its aftermath. We also explore the concept of revolution more broadly, examining other significant political revolutions of modern times: the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American and French Revolutions of the late 18th century and the Haitian revolution (1791-1804), when former slaves overthrew their masters and established an independent state.
We look too at some of the revolutionary scientific discoveries which, in their day, overturned prevalent beliefs, displaying copies of Galileo’s Dialogo (1632) and Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species (1859). In the realm of creative literature the work of Byron and an inscribed copy of the poems of Allen Ginsberg remind us of the revolutionary sensibilities which writers can transmit to their audiences.