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05/22/2017 at 10:34. Facebook
'We were fairly accustomed to receive weird telegrams at Baker Street...'

Don your deerstalker and investigate Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1904 manuscript for ‘The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarter’ this #SherlockHolmesDay. [ Bit.ly Link ]
'We were fairly accustomed to receive weird telegrams at Baker Street'
Carina Kelson
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The British Library
05/19/2017 at 13:36. Facebook
One of the main founders of Soviet political poster design, Dmitrii Moor is perhaps best known for his famous Red Army Recruitment poster of 1920, which appears on the poster for our #BLRussia1917 exhibition.

Discover his other striking works in our latest blog [ Bit.ly Link ]
One of the main founders of Soviet political poster design Dmitrii Moor
Jo-Higness Weirich
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The British Library
05/18/2017 at 12:53. Facebook
Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French #onthisday in 1804. This rather unflattering portrayal by G M Woodward is from a year earlier.

A parody of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, it depicts Napoleon as a greedy, grasping character with his eye on Britain. Find out more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French onthisday in 1804 This
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The British Library
05/17/2017 at 11:09. Facebook
For those of you baking this #WorldBakingDay, here's a little inspiration from Mrs Beeton's Family Cookery and Housekeeping Book (1907).
For those of you baking this WorldBakingDay heres a little inspiration from
Elizabeth Lugar
Gizem Tulek
Michael Urquhart
Author Matthew Lewis died ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1818.

His novel, 'The Monk’ (1796), marked a turning point in the history of Gothic literature. Telling the story of one man's fall from grace through greed, pride and lust – via a plentiful measure of murder, sorcery and incest – Lewis even had to remove several controversial passages from the book. [ Bit.ly Link ] #DiscoveringLiterature
Author Matthew Lewis died ‪‎onthisday‬ in 1818
Marcus Carding
Kerry Sinanan
Emma Alsina
‘I have seen to be most effectual, the rest of the treatment being open air during the greater part of the day…’

National hero. Talented mathematician. 'The Lady With The Lamp'. Florence Nightingale was born #onthisday in 1820 and this is her letter on the benefits of clean air. Take a look this #InternationalNursesDay. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Russia's first elected parliament (State Duma) opened #onthisday in 1906 at the Winter Palace. When the Duma proved more radical than hoped, it was dissolved by the Tsar’s decree after just 72 days.

The political chaos surrounding the first Duma was widely mocked in the Russian press. Here, the Duma is satirised as a headless Russian beauty surrounded by bustling politicians of different...
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Russias first elected parliament State Duma opened onthisday in 1906 at the
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Drazen Pehar
'All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.'

Creator of Peter Pan, J M Barrie, was born #onthisday in 1860.

Image: 'The Cabinet Portrait Gallery', photographs by W & D Downey, with descriptive letterpress. Cassell & Co.: London, 1890-94
'All the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust'
Marjana Crljenko
Simon Parsons-Kilburn
Mark Antony
'I beg to apply for a ticket'. Did you know Lenin researched our collection at the British Museum Library, now part of the British Library?

In his 1902 letter of application to become a Reader, he used the pseudonym Jacob Richter, adopted to throw the Tsarist police off his track. See his handwritten application, on display for the first time, in our Russian Revolution exhibition. [ Bit.ly...
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I beg to apply for a ticket Did you know Lenin researched
Aydin Örstan
Julie Doyle
Peter Gilliland
Our display of 'Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits' closes Sunday 21 May. We think you should most definitely visit, it's utterly gloriumptious! [ Bit.ly Link ]

(And judging by Miss Trunchball's menacing glare, she wouldn't be pleased if you missed it.)

Images: (c) Quentin Blake, 2016
Our display of Quentin Blake The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits closes Sunday
Monica Leeds Stenzel
Georgina Munn
John Thurston
'The best Russian Revolution show of the year so far.' Read Londonist's ★★★★ review of our #BLRussia1917 exhibition.
The best Russian Revolution show of the year so far Read Londonists

Art Review: Powerful Propaganda At The British Library

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John Lindsay
‘Workers of all lands, unite!’ Examine a rare first edition of the Communist Manifesto, a highlight from our Russian Revolution exhibition: bit.ly/2pYucAZ

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Workers of all lands unite Examine a rare first edition of the

‘Workers of all lands, unite!’: The Communist Manifesto - European studies blog

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Dall Wilson
Trevor Afrc
Claire Darke
Leonardo da Vinci died #onthisday in 1519.

As well as producing some of the most enviably neat 'mirror writing' we've ever seen, da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect and engineer. Here are some pages from his notebook – see his study for an underwater breathing apparatus, examinations of reflections from concave mirrors and drawings for the design of a mechanical organ. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Leonardo da Vinci died onthisday in 1519
Magdalene Linda
Ellerke Ekleirke
Topsy Turner
A falcon, a pelican and the usual mash-up of animal and human hybrids. Step in to May the Medieval Manuscripts way [ Bit.ly Link ]

(Image: Calendar page for May, from a Book of Hours, St Omer or Théouranne, c. 1320, Add MS 36684, ff. 5v)
A falcon a pelican and the usual mashup of animal and human
Gustavo Quirino Ferreira
Opened #onthisday in 1851 by Queen Victoria, the Great Exhibition displayed wonders of industry from around the world and would attract over six million visitors by the time it closed in October.

See stunning images of the exhibits in the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton [ Bit.ly Link ]
Opened onthisday in 1851 by Queen Victoria the Great Exhibition displayed wonders
Daniel Iwan Williams
Lynne Dyer
Sonam Naik
Planning a trip to the Library on Monday 1 May? Please check our bank holiday opening hours before you travel [ Bit.ly Link ]
Planning a trip to the Library on Monday 1 May Please check
Alexandra Solano
Topsy Turner
Georgina OBrien Hill
Our new exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths is now open!

The fall of Russia’s last Tsar. The rise of the first communist state. Our exhibition takes a fresh look at events 100 years on.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Revolution’s central characters alongside the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Also on display for the first...
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Sam Van Clemen
Marcus Ardo
Guy Powell
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths opens tomorrow. Here's a first look behind the doors of #BLRussia1917 [ Bit.ly Link ]
Russian Revolution Hope Tragedy Myths opens tomorrow Heres a first look behind
Shani Gordon
David Garon
Riccardo Tognettini
‘Quick, look busy! Affected nonchalance worked well for those penguins yesterday.’

Happy birthday to John James Audubon, born #onthisday in 1785.

(Image: Two large-billed puffin. Colour illustration by Audubon. From 'The Birds of America, from original drawings', London, 1827-38)
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Carol Parker
Tracey Garvey
Whether you're a Minerva McGonagall or Filius Flitwick, create some magic for your class with a free visit to Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

We’ve created a dedicated schools’ mailing list for the exhibition so we can keep you up to date with all the information you’ll need about organising a visit for your school.

We’ll be taking bookings later this year. Find out more and sign up today
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Whether youre a Minerva McGonagall or Filius Flitwick create some magic for
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Michelle Davis
Corinne Smith