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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...

Knowledge Exchange visit to the National Library of China

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

As part of “The British Library in China” Project, the Library recently set up a series of Knowledge Exchange programmes with partners across mainland China and Hong Kong. Gemma Renshaw, Loans Coordinator at the Library, and Robert Davies, Editorial and...

Medieval Shelfies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our colleagues in the British Library's publishing team (otherwise known as @bl_publishing) recently spent a day managing the Library's Twitter account. Throughout the day, they encouraged followers to send in their shelfies, i.e. selfies of their bookcases. Sharing shelfies has...

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