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

And did those feet: did Alexander the Great visit Britain?

04 February 2023 Medieval manuscripts

As our major exhibition, Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth, demonstrates, Alexander has been the protagonist of countless legends across the world and from the time of his birth to the present. Perceforest, a mysterious and dramatic 14th-century...

European studies blog

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis: a genius cursed by fate?

03 February 2023 European studies

Dulwich Picture Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of the works of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, the best known Lithuanian artist and composer. Over a hundred works are on loan from the M.K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art in Kaunas where...

Untold lives blog

George Edward Dessa: Lord Lytton’s Would-be Assassin

01 February 2023 Untold lives

In a previous blog post I wrote of an assassination attempt on Lord Lytton, Viceroy of India. I was asked if I could find out more about George Edward Dessa (sometimes written De Sa), the would-be assassin. Contemporary press reports...

Americas and Oceania Collections blog

PhD Placement Opportunity – The Pacific Islands in print: surveying the British Library collections

31 January 2023 Americas and Oceania Collections

Applications are now open for an exciting new PhD placement working with the Americas and Oceania team. Under the title The Pacific Islands in print: surveying the British Library collections, current PhD students are invited to spend three months (or...

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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