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Robert Clive arrives in India

31 May 2016

On 31 May 1744 the East India Company ship Winchester anchored off Fort St George Madras. The voyage from England had been exceptionally long. Having sailed from Portsmouth on 19 March 1743, the Winchester ran aground on the coast of...

And yet the time will come: Ivan Franko in Memoriam

28 May 2016

Ivan Franko (1856-1916), together with Taras Shevchenko and Lesia Ukrainka, is one of the three pillars of classical Ukrainian literature. His extraordinary life and enormous creative output are well described by Marko Robert Stech and Arkadii Zhukovsky in the Internet...

Washing badly degraded silk flags from the India Office collections

27 May 2016

Royal East India Volunteer Colours - PDP/F.1068 and PDP/F.1068 The fragmentary silk was sandwiched between Reemay® 19gsm for support and filtration purposes during wet cleaning. The Reemay® was kept in place during drying which encouraged the flags to dry perfectly...

Ofuda: in with the good, out with the bad (Part 1)

27 May 2016

In a previous blog post, ‘Till death us ...

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