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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

Magna Carta Virtual Tour

29 August 2015 Medieval manuscripts

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy has been the most successful exhibition ever staged by the British Library, with in excess of 100,000 visitors. But we are aware that many, many more will never be able to see it in person,...

European studies blog

Poet in a landscape: the drawings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

28 August 2015 European studies

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was born on 28 August 1749, is best known as Germany’s ‘national poet’, but he was a man of many parts. Among his various talents and interests, he was a keen amateur artist. Some 2,600...

American Collections blog

HC SVUNT DRACONES

28 August 2015 American Collections

Above: displays have always been a highlight. This was of our Edward Curtis materials, for students from NYU (image: PJH) Well, after five years as part of Team Americas (nine, if you count my time as an MA and PhD...

Asian and African studies blog

Early Malay trading permits from Borneo

27 August 2015 Asian and African studies

In November 1714, three British merchants from the East India Company ship Borneo were granted permits to trade by the sultan of Banjar on the south coast of the island of Borneo, now known as Banjarmasin in present-day Indonesian Kalimantan....

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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

Digital scholarship

Supporting research with digital content

Endangered archives

Endangered archives

Jody Butterworth and Paul Young on histories in peril

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

Innovation and enterprise

Innovation and enterprise

Business, innovation and enterprise

Inspired by

Inspired by

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Living knowledge

Living knowledge

Behind the scenes at the British Library

Maps and views

Maps and views

Cartographic and topographical materials at the British Library

Medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

Digitisation and other projects

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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

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