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From Shakespeare to rock music: the history of the word ‘punk’

26 August 2016

In light of the Library’s summer exhibition programme we thought we’d take a look at the links between punk and Shakespeare by exploring the evolution of the word since Elizabethan times. If this whets your appetite for Shakespearean verse then...

Staging Shakespeare in Soviet Azerbaijan

26 August 2016

“To beguile the time, look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue…” (Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5) The British Library’s collections contain a remarkable Shakespeare item from the Soviet Caucasus: the record of an Azerbaijani...

Our Shakespeare: a collaboration between the British Library and the Library of Birmingham

26 August 2016

You may have noticed that 2016 is the year of William Shakespeare. Four hundred years ago, the Bard of Avon ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’, to quote Shakespeare himself (Hamlet, III.1). Since that time, the plays and poems of one...

Improving Access to Our Digitised Manuscripts

26 August 2016

If you check the British Library’s online catalogue of Archives and Manuscripts today, you may notice an exciting change. Catalogue entries of many digitised manuscripts now feature a button linking directly to the digitised version of the manuscript. Detail of...

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