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And yet the time will come: Ivan Franko in Memoriam

28 May 2016

Ivan Franko (1856-1916), together with Taras Shevchenko and Lesia Ukrainka, is one of the three pillars of classical Ukrainian literature. His extraordinary life and enormous creative output are well described by Marko Robert Stech and Arkadii Zhukovsky in the Internet...

Washing badly degraded silk flags from the India Office collections

27 May 2016

Royal East India Volunteer Colours - PDP/F.1068 and PDP/F.1068 The fragmentary silk was sandwiched between Reemay® 19gsm for support and filtration purposes during wet cleaning. The Reemay® was kept in place during drying which encouraged the flags to dry perfectly...

Ofuda: in with the good, out with the bad (Part 1)

27 May 2016

In a previous blog post, ‘Till death us ...

Utopia 500

27 May 2016

At the start of Thomas More’s Utopia the narrator describes a fictional meeting with a stranger in Antwerp. The man is sunburned, his beard is untrimmed, his cloak hangs carelessly from his shoulder. He appears to be a sea-captain. Later,...

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