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‘War Brides’ at the British Library

London - Next month there is a free lecture on the subject of war brides at the British Library. Entry is free but seating is limited.

The biggest UK comic exhibition ever

London - The British Library is not only the biggest library by far in these islands, it is also a major exhibitor. Some exhibitions are free.

Op-Ed: The Lepcha — A way of life under threat

The Lepcha people are natives of the Himalayas; the British Library is preserving their language and culture, but is anyone else?

The British Library's ‘Voices of Science’ archive

This month, the British Library launched its 'Voices of Science' archive which contains interviews with 100 leading UK scientists.

British Library uploads 1 million images for remix and reuse

London - It can be hard finding the right image online but it can be even more daunting finding one that you are free to use. News that the British Library has uploaded one million public domain images to Flickr has to be a boost.

‘Censors at Work’ at the British Library

London - In the New Year there will be three lectures at the British Library on censorship. Admission is free but accommodation is limited.

Henry VIII at the British Library

London - Although he has been dead for over four hundred years, England's most ruthless king holds an endearing fascination for both academics and the public.

Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts digitised for the world

London - The British Library is continuing to digitise some of the world's most important manuscripts, including those in ancient Hebrew.

So much to see, so little time — A stroll through central London Special

London - London is a big city with a lot of history and many interesting places to see. If your time in the city is limited, focusing the visit to the City of Westminster in central London, where some of the main attractions are located, may be the best option.

The Newspaper Library closes in November

London - The closure of the British Library's Newspaper Library annex at Colindale has been confirmed. The good news is that only the method of access will change.

British Library inadvertently blocks access to Hamlet

The British Library Wi-Fi system blocked access to an on-line version of Hamlet due to the text containing "violent content."

800 years of the 'Magna Carta'

The ‘Magna Carta’ was signed at Runnymede in 1215. Preparations are already well underway for the 800th anniversary celebrations.

New way to identify wolves by their howls

Researchers now believe that they can tell wolves apart by analyzing the pitch and volume of their vocalizations (studying the howl that the animal makes).

The British Library Sound and Moving Image Archive

London - The British Library has 5 million sound recordings in its archive, and a large number of moving images. The new service is available in the reading rooms.

The ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’ at Durham

Durham - The ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’ is one of the most important historical books in the world. It will be on show at Durham from next month until the end of September.

The oldest book in the world

London - After years of painstaking care, the oldest printed book in the world has now been restored, and is yours at the click of a mouse.

Propaganda at the British Library

London - There is a new exhibition at the British Library covering propaganda in the modern age. It has already started, but runs until September.

The British Library and its ‘new’ billion page archive

London - Yesterday, the British Library announced with much fanfare that it is to attempt to archive all UK websites. The informed viewer may well have asked "What's new?"

British Library acquires diaries of Sir Alec Guinness

London - Classic movie icon Sir Alec Guinness is beloved for his roles in "Star Wars" and "Bridge Over The River Kwai," and now the British Library possesses the actor's personal letters and diaries.

India comes to the British Library

London - The British Library has a fine reading room dedicated to Oriental studies, including India, but next month the sub-continent comes to Britain's leading research archive big time.

The Legacy of David Webb

London - When David Webb died in June this year, he left a surprising legacy which but for your enterprising correspondent may have been lost forever.

New from the On-Line Archives

London - The campaign to digitise the entire world continues at an exponential rate. Recently both the British Library and the Public Record Office have unleased two more on the world.

Op-Ed: Speed dating at the British Library

London - Like books? Like intelligent women? You can combine the two at the British Library next week, but whoever devised this novel event has a poor sense of timing.

More marvels from the digital archives, totally free

The great archives of the world in collaboration with governments are digitising enormous quantities of material to deliver to your desktop totally free.

Two books you will probably NOT be buying

London - How would you like an atlas for your bookshelf? This one is 1.8 metres tall and weighs 150 kilogrammes. Or a biography of a rock band that costs $4,299? What do you mean, probably not?

Op-Ed: All charge at the British Library?

London - British Library readers have been asked to fill out a short questionnaire this week. Well, 30 questions. The important questions are 13, 14 and 15.

The Olympics comes to the British Library

London - The London Olympics are nearly here, not merely a series of sporting events but a great cultural one, including a look back at previous events.

News from the British Library, mid-June 2012

London - The latest news from Britain's leading research archive includes a new sound archive for researchers interested in dialects.

Legal Deposit — your place in history

London - If you publish a book in the United Kingdom, you are supposed to deliver six copies free of charge to the Copyright Libraries for Legal Deposit.

Review: Manuscripts illuminate a lost world of spirituality and splendor Special

London - When George II gifted the Old Royal Library to the new British Museum in 1757 he gave more than just a set of books, he provided an insight into the minds of Kings of England stretching back almost a thousand years.
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The British Library is the national library for the U.K. The library holds over 170 million items fr...
The British Library is the national library for the U.K. The library holds over 170 million items from all over the world. It is located in London.
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An entry in the British Library's on-line catalogue for one of the publications from the estate of David Webb.
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The British Library, London.
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The HomePage of the British Newspaper Archive.
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A Victorian hearse, pulled by two splendid black horses, waits outside the British Library
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One of only four copies extant of the world famous 'Magna Carta'.
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The Klencke Atlas has never been publicly displayed with its pages open before
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An entry in the British Library's on-line catalogue for one of the publications from the estate of David Webb.
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The "Diamond Sutra", the oldest dated printed book in the world.
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