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Untold lives blog

Sixty Thousand Signatures against the Bengal Partition: Bengali Resistance in 1905

14 December 2017 Untold lives

The ‘Partition’ of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 saw the birth of India and Pakistan in an unprecedented human tragedy. But it was not the first time that British India witnessed a partition. On 16 October 1905 Bengal province was...

American Collections blog

The 1867 British North America Act

14 December 2017 American Collections

On 16 November the Canada-UK Council visited the British Library with delegates taking part in the Dilemmas of Democracy conference that was held at Runnymede. The North American curators had prepared a ‘Show and Tell” with a particular focus on...

Endangered archives blog

A project from Bhutan

14 December 2017 Endangered archives

On 17 December 1907, Ugyen Wangchuk, the first Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King), was coronated and the Kingdom of Bhutan has marked this day ever since as its National Day. The British Library has some photographs of Ugyen Wangchuk when he...

Asian and African studies blog

A handbook of Ethiopian magic incantations and talisman art

13 December 2017 Asian and African studies

Currently on display in our exhibition Harry Potter: History of Magic are two intriguing items from Ethiopia: an amulet (Or.12859) and a magical manuscript (Or.11390). Ethiopian amulets and magical recipe books such as these are a striking and very distinctive...

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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

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European studies

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Innovation and enterprise

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Sound and vision

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UK web archive

UK web archive

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Untold lives

Untold lives

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