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Jolly japes for All Fools’ Day!

01 April 2015

The first day of April is All Fools’ Day when it is customary to play tricks on others. Writing in the 1820s, William Hone described some ‘jocular deceptions’ practised by children. A boy would shout out at a passer-by: ‘Sir,...

Nothing But The Trooth

01 April 2015

Here at the British Library we’re famous for our April Fool blogposts. Who can forget the discovery of the unicorn cookbook, the time we encountered the Loch Ness monster, or the alien spaceship we found illustrated in a medieval calendar?...

What to give the English king who has everything?

31 March 2015

Today's post is by one of our readers, Dr. Shamma Boyarin, Assistant Teaching Professor in Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, and English at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in medieval Hebrew and Arabic literatures, with focus...

Digital Music Events at the British Library

31 March 2015

On Friday 13 May, we organised here at the British Library the final workshop for the Digital Music Lab project. Prof. Lorna Hughes, Chair in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Studies, opened the event with a stimulating talk...

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