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BL Labs Awards 2019: enter before 2100 on Sunday 29th September! (deadline extended)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

We have extended our deadline for our BL Labs Awards to 21:00 (BST) on Sunday 29th September, submit your entry here. If you have already entered, you don't have to resubmit, however, we are happy to receive updated entries too....

Results of the RASM2019 Competition on Recognition of Historical Arabic Scientific Manuscripts

Friday, September 13, 2019

This blog post is by Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Digital Curator for Asian and African Collections, British Library. She's on Twitter as @BL_AdiKS. Earlier this year, the British Library in collaboration with PRImA Research Lab and the Alan Turing Institute launched...

The sixtieth anniversary of the first human created object to land on the Moon, Luna 2

Friday, September 13, 2019

Earlier this year, there was much commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first landing by humans on the Moon, by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11. Today is the sixtieth anniversary of an earlier achievement, the first...

How to Catch a Whale? (And Some Herring, Too)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sometimes an opportunity to net a big fish that is irresistible comes along. Last year a title appeared in a dealer’s catalogue that was similar to a title destroyed in the bombing of the British Museum in September 1940. Being...

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