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From fiction to fact: the science of Animal Tales

04 October 2015

The Animal Tales exhibition at the British Library explores what our portrayal of animals within literature tells us about ourselves. The natural environment and its inhabitants have inspired generations of writers, but how do some of our favourite, anthropomorphised fictional...

The elephant’s revenge

04 October 2015

On World Animal Day we tell a story with a moral – never tease an elephant. A keeper riding his elephant - from Add. 27255, f.117v Tashrih al-aqvam, an account of origins and occupations of some of the sects, castes...

Animals Inspired Events at the British Library

04 October 2015

As it is World Animal Day, I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce two animal-related events that are taking place next month at the British Library as part of the Being Human festival. These two events were motivated by...

Tarrant's Seltzer Aperient

03 October 2015

The Library's ever-busy Mechanical Curator suggested this for the weekend. Good for keeping the 'blood cool and the brain clear'. Enjoy the rest of the book here. (Image from ‘Appletons’ Illustrated Hand-Book of American Cities … With outlines of through...

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