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Guess the Manuscript XVIII - Christmas Special

20 December 2014

Less than a week to go until Christmas! We thought we'd treat you to another Guess the Manuscript - we know you love them - but this time with a festive twist... Carol singing, medieval-style - but where might you...

Self-service photography in our Reading Rooms

19 December 2014

For a number of years we’ve received feedback from Readers asking whether they could take pictures of collection items for research purposes, rather than having to laboriously transcribe extended passages of text. So we’re delighted to announce that, as of...

Punishment as a Crime?

19 December 2014

The British Library has recently acquired a collection of articles called Punishment as a Crime? Perspectives on Prison Experience in Russian Culture. In this guest post the volume co-editor, Andrei Rogatchevski , introduces the book and its topic, in both...

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...

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