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Murdered But Not Silenced: A unique recording of pianist Marion Roberts (1901-1927)

27 July 2016

Nick Morgan was a Sheffield University / British Library Concordat PhD student in 2006-09, studying the National Gramophonic Society, a British record label in active production from 1924 to 1931. Here he relates the extraordinary story of Chicago pianist Marion...

Facsimile editions of works by Taras Shevchenko with artistic designs of Volodymyr Yurchyshyn

27 July 2016

2016 marks the 155th anniversary of the death of the outstanding Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko. The writer’s works published during his life became rare even by the middle of the 19th century, which led to the reproduction of...

Operation Crossroads: 70 Years on from the Bombs at Bikini

27 July 2016

July 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the United States’ first atomic tests outside of World War Two. In July 1946, a joint U.S Army-Navy task force staged two atomic weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The operation was designed to test the effects of an atomic bomb on naval vessels at sea. Consisting of tests Able and Baker, Operation Crossroads marked the first of over 1900 nuclear tests staged since the end of World War Two.Seventy years on, what can we learn from Operation Crossroads?

Metaphors, Misogyny and Courtly Love

27 July 2016

In the early 15th century, there was a major literary debate at the French court. Featuring crude language, naughty metaphors, courtly love, misogyny, poetry and early humanism, this debate was inspired by a text in some illuminated manuscripts which have...

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