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Olympex 2012 @ The British Library

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by Siobhan Brewood-Wyatt (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in London
Published September 3rd 2012
Don't want the Olympics to end?
Olympex 2012
Olympex 2012 at the British Library
With the Paralympics due to finish soon and the whole of Britain panicking at the impending London 2012 hangover, there has never been a better time to get your final Olympic fix. If you've spent the last month rooted to the TV watching it all, this is the exhibition for you.

The British Library's Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games - on until September the 9th - provides a fascinating insight into the history of the games in London and charts the modern Olympics from 1896 to the present day.

With over 2500 stamps and other collectables, the exhibition looks at how different Olympic games have made their mark on society. There are also interactive screens and fact sheets to explore. The remarkable videos of early twentieth century women's archery, plus original tickets and programmes, provide a wonderful exploration of Olympic history. Visitors even get to see what athletes nearly a hundred years ago were given as souvenirs and mementos.

Perhaps the most touching aspect of Olympex 2012 is the section on the 1948 post war games and the exhibition does a good job at showing how London has commemorated hosting the games over the decades.

Free, fun and fascinating, Olympex 2012 is well worth a look. So fill your boots with games fever, while you still can. Find out more at the official British Library Olympex page.
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Why? To get your final Olympic fix
When: Until September 9th 2012
Phone: 44 (0)1937 546060
Where: The British Library
Cost: Free
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