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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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Sound and vision blog

Recording of the week: when is a word not a word?

24 April 2017 Sound and vision

This week's selection comes from Jonnie Robinson, Lead Curator of Spoken English. The Evolving English: WordBank is extremely positive evidence of the robust nature of our native dialects, as demonstrated by this speaker's use of the verb puggle [= ‘to...

Asian and African studies blog

Raising Kurdish Armenia: Kurdish Children’s Books from Soviet Armenia

24 April 2017 Asian and African studies

Among the stateless peoples of the world, the Kurds are perhaps the most numerous. Although they are believed to have originated in central and western Iran, their current areas of concentration are largely located in one of four countries: Turkey,...

European studies blog

Lenin's Birthday

22 April 2017 European studies

One of my very first childhood memories was a happy day, 22 April 1970, when the entire Soviet Union was celebrating the centenary of Lenin’s birth. I still remember an overwhelming sensation of pride, an excitement that spring brings with...

Medieval manuscripts blog

How our ancient trees connect us to the past

22 April 2017 Medieval manuscripts

Some of the most stunning creations of the Middle Ages are still alive. Britain is dotted with trees planted hundreds of years ago, with over 120,000 listed in the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Inventory. Some of them are over a...

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Americas studies

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Asian and African studies

Asian and African studies

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Endangered archives

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English and drama

English and drama

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European studies

European studies

Exploring Europe at the British Library

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Innovation and enterprise

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Medieval manuscripts

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Sound and vision

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Untold lives

Untold lives

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