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Hope, Tragedy, Myths: Russian Revolution exhibition in London Special

London - It was a world disrupted, shocked and changed forever and its significance is still hotly debated today. The British Library in London is hosting a major exhibition the Russian Revolution, which includes a selection of previously banned books.

Review: Victorian Music Hall revived at British Library Special

London - At one time music hall was the premier form of entertainment, representing a varied form of 'light entertainment'. The coming of the movie theater saw the eclipse of the tradition, yet in played a key role in British cultural history.

British Library's conservation project Special

London - The British Library hosts a rich and vibrant expanse of information and knowledge, sound and imagery from across our world. To preserve the older items in the collection, a slow and complex conservation project is on-going.

British Library plans to digitize 11 million old manuscripts

London - The British Library, which contains the world's largest collection of historic books in South Asian languages, plans to digitize 11 million pages of these books and make them available online.

Alice In Wonderland, 150 years celebrated in literary style Special

London - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly 'Alice in Wonderland') is 150 years old this year. To mark the occasion the British Library is hosting an exhibition about all things Alice and her fantastical world.

Review: Animal Tales, the best animal stories on display Special

London - Animal Tales is an exhibition currently running at the British Library in London. The exhibition goes on the trail of animals on the page, exploring what wild – and tamed – creatures say about us when they take on literary or artistic form.

Four surviving Magna Cartas together for first time in 800 years

London - The Magna Carta is considered one of the most important documents in history. There are only four original copies of the "Great Charter" in existence, and this year marks its 800th anniversary.

‘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.
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The British Library  London.
The British Library, London.
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An 1968 tape recorder. The machines were initially designed by Polish inventor Stefan Kudelski . The...
An 1968 tape recorder. The machines were initially designed by Polish inventor Stefan Kudelski,. The IV is a monaural, Neopilot sync, featuring two microphone inputs and a built-in audio limiter. Introduced in 1968.
A statue of the British comical character Mr. Punch  on display near the conservation center at the ...
A statue of the British comical character Mr. Punch, on display near the conservation center at the British Librar. Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show.
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 D...
An entry in the British Library's on-line catalogue for one of the publications from the estate of David Webb.
A Pathe Gaulois phonograph  with grey painted finish  and aluminium horn  circa 1905  on display in ...
A Pathe Gaulois phonograph, with grey painted finish, and aluminium horn, circa 1905, on display in the conservation center.
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Timely Christmas scene
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A anti-Bolshevik poster depicting a heroic White Russian aboard a horse trying to slay the red drago...
A anti-Bolshevik poster depicting a heroic White Russian aboard a horse trying to slay the red dragon of communism, on show leading into the British Library.
The HomePage of the British Newspaper Archive.
The HomePage of the British Newspaper Archive.
Entrance to the conservation center  within the main British Library complex.
Entrance to the conservation center, within the main British Library complex.
To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  a new exhibition ex...
To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a new exhibition explores how Alice has captured our imaginations for so many years.
Exhibition banner for the Russian Revolution  outside the British Library.
Exhibition banner for the Russian Revolution, outside the British Library.
The British Library  London. Photograph taken in September 2015.
The British Library, London. Photograph taken in September 2015.
One of only four copies extant of the world famous  Magna Carta .
One of only four copies extant of the world famous 'Magna Carta'.
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A shot of the British Library s exhibition marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution.
A shot of the British Library's exhibition marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution.
Various items on show at the exhibition  all glorious examples of rare ephemera. Music halls were or...
Various items on show at the exhibition, all glorious examples of rare ephemera. Music halls were originally tavern rooms which provided entertainment, in the form of music and speciality acts; later purposefully built theaters were constructed as the popularity boomed.
The British Library  in Camden  London. December 2016.
The British Library, in Camden, London. December 2016.
A book consisting of pages made from cotton  on display at the conservation center.
A book consisting of pages made from cotton, on display at the conservation center.
Visitors studying different editions of Alice in Wonderland through the past 150 years  at the Briti...
Visitors studying different editions of Alice in Wonderland through the past 150 years, at the British Library.
The British Library  London
The British Library, London
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