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They Walk Alone – A Benjamin Britten discovery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Benjamin Britten composing in Crantock, Cornwall 1936 [PH/1/30] Photo Lennox Berkeley, by permission of the Lennox Berkeley Estate Rob Smith, metadata support officer on the Save our Sounds project, alerted me to the fact that he had discovered a hitherto...

Introducing British Library Music Collections

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Earlier this month, British Library staff held a special open day aimed at doctoral music students. The programme included presentations on printed music, music manuscripts and sound recordings. There was also a chance to chat to curators and to see...

What does one gift to the Dalai Lama?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ever wondered what one would give to the new Dalai Lama if one had the opportunity to attend his enthronement ceremony? This file (1939-40), over 200 pages long, provides a chronological and detailed account of the planning and sourcing of...

Enclosed Herewith: Specimens of Ore from the Kuria Muria Islands

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Recently the British Library/Qatar Foundation Partnership programme discovered an unusual enclosure in some India Office correspondence: four small specimens of ore, contained in a little pouch. Where were these specimens from and how did they become part of the India...

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