British Library

'Calm' - part of a soldier's diary

Description<p>The unknown author of this moving text details a battle during World War One.<p>Translation: Those struck by inferno fire are destroyed. …

World War I

The Mystery of the letter from the Tower, May 6th 1536.

Could this letter have been sent from Anne Boleyn to her husband, Henry VIII, while she was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting her trial or …

History

Combat and the soldier's experience in World War One

• Article by: Vanda Wilcox<br>• Themes: Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier<br>• Published: 29 Jan 2014<p>In a war that saw new weaponry technology …

Military History

Sensuous life in the trenches

• Article by: Santanu Das<br>• Theme: Life as a soldier<br>• Published: 29 Jan 2014<p>From smell and sound to touch and perception, Dr Santanu Das draws on soldiers' …

Military History

Programme announced for Jaipur Lit Fest at The British Library London

Festival co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple have programmed ZEE JLF@The British Library to provide UK audiences with a taste of the …

India

Buonaparte's Soliloquy, from a collection of material relating to the fear of a French invasion

Article by:Ruth MatherTheme:Power and politics<p>Ruth Mather considers how Britain's intellectual, political and creative circles responded to the …

Libraries

This 6-foot-tall Renaissance book perfectly captures the timeless art of managing up

If you want to bribe a king, send him the biggest possible book. Ideally, make it a world atlas with giant maps showing all the countries he has conquered, as well as domains awaiting his dominion. And at the back, slip in a map of the Holy Land, where he can go once his reign is …

Maps

Massive Royal Atlas Gets Digitized

Digitizing books is pretty run-of-the-mill job these days—Google alone has scanned over 25 million titles. But some books need special treatment to …

Maps

Behind the Scenes: How the British Library Digitizes One of the World’s Biggest Books

Until just 5 years ago, The Klencke Atlas—a collection of maps named after Johannes Klencke, a key figure in the 17th century Dutch sugar trade—remained the world's biggest book. Housed in the British Library‘s cartographic collection and composed in 1660, the large-scale book has fascinated …

Maps

Timelapse Film Shows How the British Library Digitized the World’s Largest Atlas, the 6-Foot Tall “Klencke Atlas” from 1660

As a way of currying favor with a monarch, Johannes Klencke’s gift to Charles II (1630-1685) was one of the most audacious and beautiful objects ever …

Maps

The Klencke Atlas Online, Books for Mother’s Day, and More | Poets & Writers

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Mother's Day

How the British Library Digitized One of the World’s Largest Books

The Klencke Atlas published in 1660 is one of the most famous objects in the British Library's cartographic collection, a towering book that stands …

Libraries

You Can Now View an Almost-8-Foot-Tall Atlas From the 17th Century Online

When Charles II took back the British throne in 1660 after the death of Oliver Cromwell, he received a special gift from Johannes Klencke, a Dutch …

Cool Stuff

Americans are being offered a $6,000 Brexit-themed vacation to London - is it worth it?

Roll up, roll up and take a trip to see what life is like in post-Brexit London. But is the trip worth it?<p>Brexit: no-one knows what it may cost to …

Brexit

Attention muggles: The Harry Potter exhibition in London is hiring

Harry Potter fans, listen up: The British Library is creating a new exhibit in London that will offer visitors a glimpse at rare and …

Harry Potter

This Book Of Maps Is Bigger Than You

It was made to impress the king of England. Now, it’s been digitally scanned.<p>How do you impress a king? Here’s one idea—give him a giant book.<p>advertisement<p>That’s what the Dutch sugar merchant Johannes Klencke did in 1660, when English King Charles II was restored to the throne (and he became a …

Maps

7 famous literary landmarks in London

You may have read or heard that quotation before. However, as it comes from the author of A Dictionary of the English Language, it’s a particularly …

London

Watch how librarians digitize a 6-foot wide book

The Klencke Atlas is a massive 350-year old bound book that has graced the entrance of the British Library maps room. Now it's being digitized with …

Lifestyle

How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That's Nearly 6 Feet Tall

Archives and libraries are often tasked with digitizing old books in their collections to preserve them and make them more accessible to the public. …

Libraries

Discovering That Television Is A 'Vast Wasteland' And Debating 'Market Failure'

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include standardizing measurement, the vast wasteland of television, and the Dvorak keyboard as an example of so-called “market failure.”<p>May 8, 1790<p>The French National Assembly passes two decrees: One asked the French Academy of Sciences to …

Markets

Two sides of propaganda

Friday, 11:15am<br>28 June 2013<p>A new exhibition recounts the history of political persuasion, from coins to tweets.<p>The British Library’s exhibition, …

Propaganda

Endangered Archives Programme: Item Overview

This pilot project will investigate collections of manuscripts originally held in the palace library of the Khanate of Kokand (1710-1876). After the …

Libraries

Ready to test your wizardry? British Library has announced a dream job for Harry Potter fans

If you can school your friends at a pub quiz when the ‘J.K. Rowling’ category comes up, or engage in furious debates over whether Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw is truly the coolest, the British Library has just announced the perfect job for you. Harry Potter fans around the world are all trying to figure …

Harry Potter

Woodcuts and Witches

<b>Jon Crabb on the witch-craze of Early Modern Europe, and how the concurrent rise of the mass-produced woodcut helped forge the archetype of the</b> …

Libraries

New 'Harry Potter' Exhibition Is Hiring for the Most Magical of Dream Jobs

Accio resume!<p>Between the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, and the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, the average Muggle probably thinks there are sufficient exhibits dedicated to the <i>Harry Potter</i> universe. But any diehard fan of the series knows that there is always room for yet …

Harry Potter

Evolution by necessity: how a shoulder injury forced Phoebe Kahlo into the world of analogue collage

<b>Phoebe Kahlo</b> has taken cutting and pasting to a whole new level, creating surreal masterpieces oozing with symbolism. Trading in the relaxed movement …

Artists

Exploits of the Queen’s Own Light Dragoons - Untold lives blog

The India Office Records contain a wealth of information about the pre-independence Indian Army and the forces of the East India Company, but one …

Libraries

Ready are you? More medieval 'Yodas' - Medieval manuscripts blog

A long time ago (well, a couple of years ago), in a galaxy not so far away, Damien Kempf of the University of Liverpool noticed an image of Yoda …

Art

Stanford senior examines popular theater in London during WWI

Senior Holly Dayton analyzed popular theater plays in London during the time of the Great War as part of her history honors thesis research.

Stanford University

Syria, sculptural surrealism and Lenin's library pass – the week in art

Ed Ruscha’s urban surrealism heads to Edinburgh, while Norfolk welcomes Richard Long’s contemplative landscape art – all in your weekly dispatch<p>Exhibition of the week<p><b>Ed Ruscha</b><br>The master of cool irony and urban surrealism gets a mini-retrospective courtesy of the Artist Rooms collection.<br>• Modern …

Art