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These blogs express the thoughts and opinions of individual British Library staff members. You can subscribe to any blog by email.

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Medieval manuscripts blog

Alchemy: The Great Art

30 May 2017 Medieval manuscripts

The mystical art of alchemy — the traditional aim of which is to transform so-called ‘base’ metals like lead into ‘noble’ ones like gold — has fascinated and enthralled experimenters, philosophers and artists for thousands of years. The history of...

Untold lives blog

Illuminations at East India House

29 May 2017 Untold lives

The end of the Crimean War in 1856 was celebrated in Britain with a national holiday on 29 May. Public buildings in the City of London were fitted with splendid gas illuminations for the evening: the Post Office, Mansion House,...

Sound and vision blog

Recording of the week: Rock Island Line

29 May 2017 Sound and vision

This week's selection comes from Andy Linehan, Curator of Popular Music Recordings. ‘Rock Island Line’ was the hit single that sparked the Skiffle craze amongst British youth in the late 1950s. Skiffle was a pared-down mixture of jazz, blues and...

Asian and African studies blog

Japanese puppet play revived

29 May 2017 Asian and African studies

On 2nd and 3rd June 2017 a long-lost Jap...

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Americas studies

Americas studies

What's on the mind of Team America?

Asian and African studies

Asian and African studies

From our subject specialists and curators

Collection care

Collection care

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Digital scholarship

Supporting research with digital content

Endangered archives

Endangered archives

News about the projects saving vulnerable material from around the world

English and drama

English and drama

On literature and theatre collections from the 16th century to the present day

European studies

European studies

Exploring Europe at the British Library

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Innovation and enterprise

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Inspired by

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Living knowledge

Living knowledge

Behind the scenes at the British Library

Maps and views

Maps and views

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Medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

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Music

News about our music collections and services

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Science

The latest scientific developments

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Social science

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Sound and vision

Sound and vision

News from the Library’s Sound and Moving Image teams

The Newsroom

The Newsroom

News about yesterday’s news, and where news may be going

UK web archive

UK web archive

Announcements and information about the UK Web Archive

Untold lives

Untold lives

Sharing stories from the past, worldwide