British Library blogs

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These blogs from our curators, subject specialists and guest bloggers express the thoughts and opinions of individual British Library staff members and guests.

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Medieval manuscripts blog

‘Do you like gold? Use it!’: A golden binding by Pierre Legrain

01 October 2022 Medieval manuscripts

‘Do you like gold? Use it!’ So said the fashion designer and art collector Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) to the interior decorator and designer Pierre Legrain (1889-1929) when he encouraged him to apply his talents to designing modern bindings for Doucet’s...

Endangered archives blog

EAP video

30 September 2022 Endangered archives

EAP recently commissioned a short film, in the hope that it would raise the profile of the Programme and highlight the importance of making digitised content freely available to everyone. The video is now available on the Library’s YouTube channel...

English and Drama blog

The Beatles and Hunter Davies

30 September 2022 English and Drama

By Greg Buzwell, Curator, Contemporary Literary Archives. ‘Does anyone seriously believe that Beatles music will be an unthinkingly accepted part of daily life all over the world in the 2000s?’ wrote the philosopher and politician Bryan Magee in the February...

UK Web Archive blog

Celebrating Sporting Heritage Day 2022

30 September 2022 UK Web Archive

By Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archives, The British Library This blog post gives an overview of our sports related activities for the year to celebrate Sporting Heritage Day 2022 2022 has been, and continues to be, a really busy...

All British Library blogs

Americas studies

Americas studies

What's on the mind of Team America?

Asian and African studies

Asian and African studies

From our subject specialists and curators

Collection care

Collection care

Behind the scenes with our conservators and scientists

Digital scholarship

Digital scholarship

Supporting research with digital content

Endangered archives

Endangered archives

News about the projects saving vulnerable material from around the world

English and drama

English and drama

On literature and theatre collections from the 16th century to the present day

European studies

European studies

Exploring Europe at the British Library

Innovation and enterprise

Innovation and enterprise

Business, innovation and enterprise

Living knowledge

Living knowledge

Behind the scenes at the British Library

Maps and views

Maps and views

Cartographic and topographical materials at the British Library

Medieval manuscripts

Medieval manuscripts

Digitisation and other projects

Music

Music

News about our music collections and services

Science

Science

The latest scientific developments

Social science

Social science

Projects, events, resources and research methods

Sound and vision

Sound and vision

News from the Library’s Sound and Moving Image teams

The Newsroom

The Newsroom

News about yesterday’s news, and where news may be going

UK web archive

UK web archive

Announcements and information about the UK Web Archive

Untold lives

Untold lives

Sharing stories from the past, worldwide