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Magical seals in an English Book of Hours

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In addition to containing the daily cycle of prayer, Books of Hours sometimes include magical spells or incantations, reflecting their lay owners' concerns over physical and spiritual dangers. Stowe MS 16, a Book of Hours produced in London shortly before...

Moving from a newspaper collection to a news collection

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The world of news is changing, and at the British Library we are responding to that change - in how we collect, preserve, describe and present our news collections. Our goal is to transform what we hope is a world-class...

Magnetic Tape Alert Project

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Magnetic Tape Alert Project is an initiative of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Preservation. Photo: Bernhard Graf, Vienna Phonogrammarchiv Today’s knowledge of the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity is widely based on magnetic...

Summer Placement with the UK Web Archive

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

By Isobelle Degale, Masters student, University of Sussex My summer placement at the British Library is now coming to an end. As a Masters student studying Human Rights, I contacted the UK Web Archiving team based at the British Library...

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