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Fire, Fire! The Tragic Burning of the Cotton Library

Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016 has been a year of anniversaries, some of them more notable than others. Already this year we have commemorated 350 years since the Great Fire of London (1666), the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings (1066), and 1,000...

Dan Leno: the original Pantomime Dame

Friday, October 21, 2016

by Helen Peden, Curator, Printed Heritage Collections 1601-1900 and British Library curator of exhibition Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun. When Dan Leno performed as the Pantomime Dame in the 1880s he transformed a previously minor role into the main...

Britain's first nose job

Friday, October 21, 2016

Science Content Expert Philip Eagle explores the first plastic surgery operation in Britain. On 22nd October 1814, Joseph Constantine Carpue (1764-1846) performed the first plastic surgery operation in Britain, reconstructing the nose of an army officer whose nose had collapsed...

Exploring Treasures of the British Library on TV

Friday, October 21, 2016

The first episode of Treasures of the British Library (Sky Arts, 21.00 Tuesdays) aired this week, providing a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the collections we look after and the expertise of our curators. Although we have featured in TV documentaries...

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