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Harry Potter meets the Middle Ages

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Harry Potter: A History of Magic has been a rip-roaring success. Not only has every session of every day of our exhibition sold out (a first for the British Library), and not only did we sell more advance tickets than...

Old English masterclass at the British Library

Friday, February 23, 2018

In the 13th century, a mysterious annotator with shaky handwriting made marginal or interlinear notes (glosses) in around 20 manuscripts which belonged to Worcester Cathedral Priory. The Tremulous Hand — as he is now known — was from one of...

Deluxe printing: Antoine Vérard’s 1498 illuminated Merlin

Friday, February 23, 2018

The current British Library exhibition Harry Potter, a History of Magic features a pack of divination cards produced in the mid-18th century, which include a variety of characters ranging from Proserpina to Copernicus and Dr Faustus to Merlin, the magician...

Linguistics at the Library - Episode 3

Friday, February 23, 2018

PhD placement students, Andrew Booth & Rowan Campbell, write: Is the UK in danger of losing its wide variety of local accents? In the third episode of Linguistics at the Library, Andrew and Rowan investigate why we might tone down...

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