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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...

Tracking down old toy railway patents in the Business & IP Centre

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It was suggested I contact the British Library in Boston Spa. Again no luck, but they suggested I contact the Business & IP Centre in London. Within two hours of my email request, I was astonished to receive an email from Information Specialist Gail Mitchell who had not only found the patent (it turned out to be 233103) but had emailed me a copy. Fantastic service! Quite superb!

Remembering Aberfan 50 years on

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Having grown up 20 miles south of the village, the name ‘Aberfan’ and the tragedy that bestowed this coalmining community in the south Wales valleys fifty years ago this Friday have long been familiar to me. Before 1966, Aberfan was...

In the service of the children of Serbia 1915-1947

Thursday, October 20, 2016

In 1995 a tiny book of great significance for Anglo-Serbian relations was donated to the British Library. It is a brief account of the life of Florence Maw and a record of her years in Serbia and Yugoslavia from 1915...

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