Treasures of the British Library

Robert Winston

Series 1 - Episode 1 Robert Winston



“I’m a curious person. I jump into things I’m interested in and pull them apart,” says Jamie Cullum, before easing into a state of enthused reverence as artefacts from the British Library are put before him to finger and absorb. There’s an exquisite book from 1919, handmade by Virginia Woolf, rare recordings of beat poets and bebop, and Fox Talbot’s photographic ghosts from the 1840s. Most poignant for Jamie are traces of his family history in the East India Company records. He’s also challenged to make a donation of his own into the library holdings.

Another celebrity delves next time, but can you guess who the narrator is? She’s wicked.


Professor Robert Winston picks items from the library's collection, selecting a colleague's pioneering lab notes and Beethoven's notebook.