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Medieval manuscripts blog

Name that rune!

15 December 2018 Medieval manuscripts

Some readers of this Blog may remember a sword with a mysterious inscription that was displayed in the British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition in 2015. Thousands of people across the world tried to solve that particular puzzle, so we thought...

European studies blog

Hundertwasser’s 90th and 35 Days In Sweden

14 December 2018 European studies

The Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser would have been 90 on Saturday. Functionality was not his priority and his thought might deserve to be re-thought unevenly, uninhabitably, uselessly. But, to quote Hundertwasser’s ‘Mouldiness Manifesto’, it’s hard to get away...

Untold lives blog

The Red Sea to India non-stop: Amelia Earhart, Southern Arabia, and British Obstructionism

13 December 2018 Untold lives

On 15 June 1937, Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed at Karachi airport in their specially modified Lockheed Model 10 Electra plane. They had been flying for over thirteen hours and travelled more than 1800...

Asian and African studies blog

Bombay satire: Rudolf von Leyden's political cartoons in India in the 1930s and 40s

12 December 2018 Asian and African studies

This guest blog post is by Mollie Arbuthnot, the Visual Arts section's doctoral placement. Her project focuses on political cartoons during the early 20th century. It's not easy being a satirist. Rudolf von Leyden (1908-1983), a German-born cartoonist who lived...

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