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Maps and women

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“This is all very manly, isn’t it” a visitor said to me a while ago as I was showing a group around our current exhibition Maps & the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. And the visitor (whose own work explores...

Stefan Zweig’s Literary and Musical Treasures

Thursday, February 23, 2017

To mark the 75th anniversary of the death of the Austrian writer and collector Stefan Zweig (23 February 2017), the British Library has this week opened the display: ‘Stefan Zweig: The Magic of Manuscripts’ in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures...

The ‘Kashmir of Europe’ and other exoticisms: Indian soldiers’ tales of travel in the Second World War

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Sicily is a very fertile country. It is the Kashmir of Europe.” - Letter in Malayalam by an Indian sepoy, August 1943, Central Mediterranean Forces. Through letters exchanged between the home front and international battlefronts, Indian soldiers in the Second...

Behind the candy-striped jackets – oral history uncovers the unspoken

Thursday, February 23, 2017

David Kynaston delivers the 2017 National Life Stories Lecture

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