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About our podcasts

We have an extensive and varied podcast programme, with recordings available as free downloadable MP3 files. Podcasts cover a variety of subjects, and feature our curators and other experts. You can catch up on live events you may have missed associated with current and previous exhibitions.

There is also a series of podcasts to tell you how to plan your visit to the British Library and what's on when you arrive.

You can play these podcasts now or download them for listening later. There is also a series of RSS feeds so you can subscribe to receive everything or just what interests you.

New to downloads and podcasts?

Downloading means saving a file to your computer. You can download an audio recording of a discussion and listen to it later

The British Library makes recordings of selected events available as downloadable audio files (in MP3 format).

If you haven't downloaded audio before, this is what to do:

Click on arrowPlay in your default media player using the right-hand mouse button and 'Save target as’ on a PC. On an Apple Mac, press control as you click on the link, and select 'Download linked file' from the menu. Remember where you have saved it so that you'll be able to find it easily.

Click on the download link and the audio file will play. Your media player software (e.g. Windows Media Player, MPlayer) will open and the recording will start. If you wish, you can copy the file to your personal MP3 player or smartphone and listen to it on the move.

Podcasting allows you to receive the latest episode in a series as soon as it's available. You 'subscribe' to a podcast like a magazine (using a program called RSS), to get it sent to you regularly.

You need podcast software (e.g. iTunes), often available free of charge. The program checks for new episodes and downloads them automatically.

Terms of use

You may not edit, adapt, alter, republish, broadcast, transmit, or otherwise use this audio in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may not download or use this file for the purpose of promoting, advertising, endorsing or implying a connection with you (or any third party) and the British Library, its agents or employees. The British Library will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of or connected with the download or use of this file.



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