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Medieval manuscripts blog

Old English 'Spell' Books

23 February 2017 Medieval manuscripts

In the list of books bequeathed by Bishop Leofric of Exeter (d. 1072) to his cathedral, one entry might, at first glance, take a modern reader by surprise: a ‘ful spelboc’, or a full spell book. This is not, however,...

Sound and vision blog

They Walk Alone – A Benjamin Britten discovery

22 February 2017 Sound and vision

Benjamin Britten composing in Crantock, Cornwall 1936 [PH/1/30] Photo Lennox Berkeley, by permission of the Lennox Berkeley Estate Rob Smith, metadata support officer on the Save our Sounds project, alerted me to the fact that he had discovered a hitherto...

Music blog

Introducing British Library Music Collections

22 February 2017 Music

Earlier this month, British Library staff held a special open day aimed at doctoral music students. The programme included presentations on printed music, music manuscripts and sound recordings. There was also a chance to chat to curators and to see...

Endangered archives blog

What does one gift to the Dalai Lama?

21 February 2017 Endangered archives

Ever wondered what one would give to the new Dalai Lama if one had the opportunity to attend his enthronement ceremony? This file (1939-40), over 200 pages long, provides a chronological and detailed account of the planning and sourcing of...

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Americas studies

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Asian and African studies

Asian and African studies

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Collection care

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Digital scholarship

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Endangered archives

Endangered archives

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English and drama

English and drama

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European studies

Exploring Europe at the British Library

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Innovation and enterprise

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Maps and views

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Medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

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Sound and vision

Sound and vision

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The Newsroom

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UK web archive

UK web archive

Announcements and information about the UK Web Archive

Untold lives

Untold lives

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