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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,...
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...
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...
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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