Try to imagine how it would be if ideas were real, visible things. Imagine if every time you had a thought, it popped out of your head and fell on the floor. Now imagine this idea springing off to join lots of other ideas, throwing itself on top of a pile, a mountain of glowing, struggling, excitable, diverse ideas. Imagine if the mountain were made up of not thousands or millions of ideas, but billions.
Now you have a mental picture of the essence of the British Library. Deep down underground, nearly 400 miles of shelves hold more than 150 millions items: books, stamps, maps, musical manuscripts, love letters, lockable diaries, ship’s logbooks, plans for flying contraptions, recipes for pies and poisons. Every item contains hundreds of ideas – those invented by the author, discovered by past readers, and sitting waiting to be released by the readers of the future.
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The Ideas Storage Zone movie uses the Shockwave plug-in, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website . The movie may not open if you block popups on your computer.
Ideas Storage Zone Credits:
Written, illustrated and animated by Mini Grey
Voice and music by Alistair Lock
Produced by Tim Stuart