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Exhibition: Lost & Found: Mapping European Literary London

25 October 2023–31 May 2024, 10:00 am–5:30 pm

Text reading 'Lost & Found: Mapping European Literary London' on top of a map of London

The exhibition Lost & Found: Mapping European Literary London, is open in the South Cloisters, exploring the relationship between London and European writers through the ages.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Olivia Scher


South Cloisters
South Wing
Gower Street
United Kingdom

For centuries, writers have come to London from across Europe and beyond – as honoured guests and anonymous aliens; tourists and refugees; students and wanderers. In the squalid slums of the East End, in the glitter and glamour of Belgravia, in the unspoilt expanse of Hampstead Heath, these writers lose – and find - themselves. Their encounters with the city leave a mark: on the writer, on their work and, sometimes, on London itself.

This free exhibition, which features an interactive digital map of London developed by the UCL European Institute, the UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, with contributions from the wider UCL community, unveils these literary traces, revealing a Europe and a London of the imagination.

'Lost & Found: Mapping European Literary London' features the writings of Hans Christian Andersen, Giacomo Casanova, Joseph Conrad, Ananda Devi, Simonetta Agnello Hornby, and many others.

Explore London through the eyes of European writers through the ages, and reflect on the city as a place where journeys intersect; where people and cultures meet and are transformed.

The exhibition is hosted by the European Institute and supported by UCL Global Engagement, UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL London Office. 

Launch event

24 October 2023, 5:30-7:30pm
South Cloisters, UCL Wilkins Building

Hosted by the Pro-Provost (London), with remarks from the EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom, join us for a networking reception to learn more about the exhibition. 

Register to attend the launch event