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We Like Big Puns And We Cannot Lie

While Victorian design sensibilities may not be en vogue right now, the 19th century sense of humor is very much alive and well — and owed a debt of …

19th Century

Fay Godwin Archive

In 2008 The British Library acquired the archive of the celebrated photographer Fay Godwin (1931 - 2005).<p>Renowned for her stunning black and white …

Literature

German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Medieval Dog Tricks

Can your dog dig up rings, dance to music, or tell if a lady is pregnant? Find out what strange tricks dogs could perform in the Middle Ages.

Pets

Exciting things are happening at the British Library this summer

The British Library is an amazing place. Inside you’ll find nearly 14 million books on 625km of shelves, including first editions of everything from …

Libraries

An introduction to Doctor Faustus: morality and sin

Eric Rasmussen and Ian DeJong explore the ambiguities and dualities of Christopher Marlowe's <i>Doctor Faustus</i>.<p>Christopher Marlowe's <i>Doctor Faustus</i>, one …

Libraries

An introduction to The Alchemist: the artist and the con

Eric Rasmussen and Ian DeJong introduce Ben Jonson's <i>The Alchemist</i>, which combines self-conscious theatricality with sharp satire.<p>There are very few …

Libraries

Conversation between husband and wife, Sarfraz and Bridget, about how they met on a train when they were both leaving the Hay Festival in 2008.

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Libraries

Tories united after their win – in efforts to keep Boris out of No 10

As Labour smiles light up Westminster despite their loss, Tory MPs grimly rally in support of Maybot 2.0 (determined to keep Boris out)<p>Monday<p>Sometimes the figures do lie. On their first day back in Westminster there was no mistaking which side had enjoyed the election result more. Labour MPs were …

Boris Johnson

CAVES OF THE THOUSAND BUDDHAS – Encyclopaedia Iranica

<b>CAVES</b> OF THE <b>THOUSAND BUDDHAS,</b> Ch’ien Fo Tung (Qianfodong), a large group of grottoes and cave temples carved out of Ming-sha hill in the southeastern …

China

Entertainment news round-up: 10-16 June

<b>A look back at some of the top entertainment stories over the past seven days.</b><p><i>Follow us on</i> Facebook<i>, on Twitter</i> @BBCNewsEnts<i>, or on Instagram at</i> bbcnewsents<i>. If you have a story suggestion email</i> entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk<i>.</i>

Entertainment

Worst sellers: warning of existential crisis for academic books

Current sales trends for books in the arts and humanities could call into question “the value and viability of the whole book publishing enterprise”, …

Open Access

Cow protection in 1911: When India’s Hindus fought against slaughter of cattle for the British Army

Cow protection was a serious issue in India even under the Raj.<p>On December 9, 1911, <i>The Graphic</i> magazine had a short piece with the surprising title</i> …

MBA

The Funeral Of Wellington

Duke of Wellington daguerreotype from 1844On 18 November 1852, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was laid to rest in St Paul's having died on …

British History

Michael Palin donates 22 years' worth of notebooks to British Library

Public will soon be able to peruse more than 50 of Palin’s notebooks in which many Monty Python sketches were written<p>They are the pages where an unwilling messiah Brian, Mr Creosote, the Ministry of Silly Walks, a football team of philosophers and a dead parrot were all born. Now, more than 50 …

Michael Palin

Found: The Earliest-Known Kids’ Book Adapting a Classic of Japanese Literature

This 1766 picture book of the Tales of Ise was hiding in the British Library.<p>While on a research trip to the British Library with her students, Laura …

Culture

Six FREE things to do in London this week

<i>Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events.</i><p>From a first edition of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ and the notebook Sarah Waters used to …

London

Pem Nem: A 16th-century Urdu romance goes online

The 34 miniature paintings tell the story of Prince Shah Ji and Princess Mah Ji.<p>One of the treasures of the Urdu manuscript collection at the British …

Libraries

'Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown' by Virginia Woolf

Description<p>‘Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown’ is an important exploration of modernism by Virginia Woolf. This edition of the essay was published on 30 …

Literature

The Adventures of Ulysses by Charles Lamb

An introduction to <i>Ulysses</i><p>Article by:Katherine MullinThemes:Capturing and creating the modern, Literature 1900–1950<p>Since its publication in 1922, …

Libraries

Industry Notes: Hay Festival Archive to British Library; Cengage Fights Counterfeit Course Materials

British Library officials say the Hay Archive comprises its largest acquisition of literary recordings. And Cengage announces new anti-piracy …

Libraries

How a Britisher helped bring Thai art to Europe

Reginald Le May lived and worked for 25 years in Siam, now Thailand, where he grew fascinated with the country’s art<p>Reginald Le May was one of many …

Libraries

World's oldest 'comic book' boasts an all-woman cast, plenty of good vs. evil

'Psychomachia' is a 10th century smitfest in the name of God.<p>It’s been more than a millennium since one of the oldest, goriest and most …

Lifestyle

BBC World Service - The Cultural Frontline, The Cultural Legacy of the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution was a time of great artistic creativity; from the brutality of Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, to the horror of Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. The BBC’s Alexander Kan and curator Katya Rogatchevskaia take us on a tour of the Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition at the British …

History

From Heaney’s poetry to Rushdie’s surprise appearance: inside Hay’s 30-year archive

As the Hay festival prepares to donate its records to the British Library, the Observer is given exclusive access to the documents that chart its rise<p>Umberto Eco regrets that he is too busy. “I cannot accept any new commitments for at least two years,” states the typed letter, dated Milan, 10 …

Literature

Why Reni Eddo-Lodge is no longer talking to white people about race

"Black Britain deserves a context"<p>"I'm no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who …

Racism

Stay cool - Medieval manuscripts blog

This week in Britain, we have been enjoying some hot weather. For inspiration on how to beat the heat, why not turn to the fantastical stories …

Libraries

Methods of making Insular manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog

The Medieval Manuscripts section at the British Library is a partner in a new project, ‘Insular Manuscripts AD 650-850: Networks of Knowledge’, …

Archaeology

Written in the stars - Medieval manuscripts blog

Have you ever read a pop-up book or a book with moving parts? Today, such books are usually associated with children, but a rather fiendishly …

Libraries

Old Occitan at the British Library - Medieval manuscripts blog

Old Occitan or langue d’Oc was a language widely spoken and written in southern France and parts of Italy up to the French Revolution. The name is …

France