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King David: life and soul of the Psalter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In a recent Twitter poll by @BLMedieval, 989 voters resoundingly agreed that, out of a choice of four medieval saints, the best to invite to a summer party would be King David (his knack for the harp being stuff of...

A rediscovered incunable

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Books in the iconic King’s Library Tower offer the most publicly visible representation of early printed books in the British Library. Specialist, in-depth catalogue descriptions help us know and use what is there, but one vellum-bound copy of a popular...

A Soldier’s Life – the memoir of William Young 76th Regiment of Foot

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We recently acquired the captivating memoir of William Young, HM 76th Regiment of Foot. Young wrote ‘A Soldier’s Life & Experience’ whilst stationed in Bangalore in 1871 ‘surrounded by lovely scenery, thousands of miles away,’ to give his relatives at...

Sir Malcolm Sargent: A Life in Music

Monday, July 24, 2017

This evening’s concert at the BBC Proms is a recreation of a programme conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent on 23 July 1966 – it was in fact the 500th promenade concert he had conducted since (literally) taking over the baton...

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