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.

Latest posts

Americas and Oceania Collections blog

In Search of Vanilla

10 August 2022 Americas and Oceania Collections

Kathryn Sampeck is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University and was the 2021-22 British Library Eccles Centre Fulbright Scholar. I arrived in London with all kinds of baggage—not only clothes, personal items, and tech to see me through...

Untold lives blog

Sanitary technology at East India House and the India Office

09 August 2022 Untold lives

In a previous post, we looked at issues of sanitation at the Fort William Garrison in Bengal, which included a description and plan for new urinals. This is not the only reference to urinals in the India Office Records and...

Medieval manuscripts blog

Breaking the news of the fall of Richard II

09 August 2022 Medieval manuscripts

The oldest item in the British Library’s current Breaking the News exhibition (open until 21 August 2022) is an account of the Battle of Flodden in 1513. This small pamphlet is the earliest surviving example of printed news in Britain,...

UK Web Archive blog

Cats on the web and in the web archive

08 August 2022 UK Web Archive

By Jason Webber, Web Archive Engagement Manager, British Library Domestic cats have featured in human life for thousands of years. They can make an incredible impact on many of our lives and even if you don’t have one, you may...

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