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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Innovation and enterprise blog

How to research your high street business

24 November 2022 Innovation and enterprise

In 2021, the number of independent shops on Britain’s high streets increased for the first time in five years. A net 2,157 new independent retail businesses opened across British towns and city centres over the year, according to the latest...

Living Knowledge blog

Doctoral Open Days – 15 years and counting

23 November 2022 Living Knowledge

A Doctoral Open Day attendee and a curator looking at a collection item during a ‘show and tell’ session. Earlier this year, we celebrated our 15th season of Doctoral Open Days (DODs). These annual events are designed to introduce first...

Americas and Oceania Collections blog

Black Theatre Makers: Una Marson

23 November 2022 Americas and Oceania Collections

The British Library has digitised and made available online the only known copy of Una Marson’s pioneering play ‘At What a Price’ (1932). Una Maud Marson was born in Jamaica in 1905. Throughout her lifetime she would live and work...

Untold lives blog

The Attempted Assassination of Lord Lytton: A Letter’s Story

23 November 2022 Untold lives

Archivists respect ‘provenance’ and ‘original order’, which means that documents created by the same person, organisation, or institution stay together, and you don’t mix or rearrange them because you think it might make material more ‘useable’. But documents often have...

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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