Michael Palin opens Murray Archive exhibition

Michael Palin © John Swannell
Michael Palin
© John Swannell

Writer, traveller and actor Michael Palin officially opened the John Murray Archive Exhibition today at the National Library of Scotland.

Subtitled 'Ideas that shaped the world', the interactive exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday 27 June. State-of-the-art display technology helps visitors learn about great ideas and achievements from the 19th century and the people behind them.

Famous travellers

The exhibition highlights 11 historical figures included in the publishing archive. Among the featured Murray authors are travellers such as missionary David Livingstone and scientist Charles Darwin.

Michael Palin himself has journeyed round the globe, and has documented his experiences in books and popular television programmes.

A gold mine

The former Monty Python star describes the archive as 'a gold mine for anyone who loves the magic of travel. It is, he says, 'a uniquely rich collection, bringing together travellers who were poets, politicians, scientists, missionaries, archaeologists and adventurers who all share the gift of being able to write.'

The John Murray Archive Exhibition is free and is open daily. Read more in the JMA Exhibition media release.

25 June 2007



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