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The Poisoned Mince Pie

19 December 2014

Here’s a cheery tale from the British Library collections to entertain you as you tuck into tasty seasonal fare. A Romance of a Mince Pie involves a pastry cook, a dog, and some arsenic. Travel back with us to Victorian...

2014 - the year's news about news

19 December 2014

2014 has been an extraordinary, sometimes harrowing, year for news. It has also been a highly significant year for the production and use of news itself - hot topics have included the hacking trial, IPSO, Buzzfeed, data journalism, Google and...

Handle With Care: The Conservation and Digitisation of the Phillipps Lectionary

19 December 2014

Before British Library manuscripts reach your computer screens through the Digitised Manuscripts site, they are subjected to conservation assessments. These cover such matters as the angle at which the manuscript may be opened safely, the condition of the binding and...

'Earliest' polyphonic music discovered in British Library

18 December 2014

This blog has been quiet for a while, but plenty has been going on in the meantime. See the BBC News website for a report on a BL music manuscript presented to Henry VIII by the famous music scribe, spy...

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