British Library blogs

From our curators, subject specialists and guest bloggers

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These blogs express the thoughts and opinions of individual British Library staff members. You can subscribe to any blog by email.

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English and Drama blog

Thinking about Alasdair Gray and Lanark, forty years since

25 February 2021 English and Drama

a guest blog by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow. 25th February 2021 is the first GRAY DAY, a celebration of the writer and artist ALASDAIR GRAY, on the 40th anniversary of his masterpiece Lanark. I’ve been...

Untold lives blog

Sources for Dr B R Ambedkar

25 February 2021 Untold lives

The India Office Records and Private Papers contains much fascinating material relating to one of the most inspiring figures in India’s struggle for independence from British rule, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Despite the obstacles put in his way, Dr Ambedkar...

Asian and African studies blog

Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia digitised by the Endangered Archives Programme

25 February 2021 Asian and African studies

I have recently been writing on the British Library’s collection of eight Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia, which have all been digitised. These eight manuscripts represent three regional traditions in the Malay world, with one fine Qu r’an from Patani...

Innovation and enterprise blog

Start-up Stars: Taste of Success

24 February 2021 Innovation and enterprise

Last week at our Start-up Stars: Taste of Success event we heard from Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups businesses, Chilli Tuk Tuk, The Good Slice, Ming Foods and Enrica Rocca on how they entered into the busy and thriving world of...

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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

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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