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Magic, illusions, juggling and ventriloquism: who was Henry Evans Evanion, the conjuror from Kennington?

Discover more on this Victorian A-lister featured in our #BLVictorianFun exhibition [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 10:56. Facebook
Born #onthisday in 1608, John Milton was a prolific pamphleteer who campaigned vigorously for religious and civil liberties and the freedom of the press.

His ambitious rewriting of the fall of man is one of the most influential poems in the English language. In 'Paradise Lost' he explores the creation of humankind by God, the temptation in Eden, Satan’s ambition and fall and the concept of...
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12/08/2016 at 15:00. Facebook
Can you guess what this #MysteryObject from our #BLMaps exhibition was once used for?

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12/08/2016 at 11:27. Facebook
Looking for some inspiration in the year ahead? Make your 2017 memorable with our newly-launched Winter season of events. [ Bit.ly Link ]

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12/07/2016 at 15:02. Facebook
The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden opened #onthisday in 1732. It would become one of London’s foremost auditoriums, renowned for its pantomimes, plays and operas.

The first of three to be built on the site, this illustration shows the theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1808. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/06/2016 at 11:52. Facebook
The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published #onthisday in 1768. These pages are from a 1797 edition and are part of the ‘Anatomy’ entry. The entry is over a hundred pages long, and contains a number of drawings. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/05/2016 at 14:36. Facebook
Poet Christina Rossetti was born #onthisday in 1830. In ‘Goblin Market’, she experimented with language, form and imagery to create a world of temptation and mystery. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/05/2016 at 10:24. Facebook
#MapMonday: One outcome of space exploration in the 20th century was a new perspective on the Earth. This iconic photograph called ‘Earthrise’ was captured on 24 December 1968 by the astronaut William Anders on board Apollo 8.

It showed the Earth as small and vulnerable, suspended in an impenetrable blackness.

Would you call this a map? Chart the power, presence and enduring appeal of...
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12/03/2016 at 10:30. Facebook
'Man is not truly one, but truly two'.

Robert Louis Stevenson died #onthisday in 1894. Explore the ideas behind one of his most enduring works. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Image: Illustration by Edmund J Sullivan from Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 1928.
2016 marks the phizz-whizzing 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth! Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories, now on display at the British Library. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Images © Quentin Blake 2016
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line has been open for a month! Have you visited our exhibition yet? [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photos: Tony Antoniou
Russian Revolution, Harry Potter, Jane Austen and P G Wodehouse - this is 2017 at the British Library [ Bit.ly Link ]
Oscar Wilde died #onthisday in 1900. This collection of photos span his youth at university, to his exile in France following his trial and imprisonment in Britain. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This incredible silhouette illustrates one of 39 fountains that depicted Aesop’s Fables, in the Labyrinth at Versailles. Built by 1677, the fountains and sculpture were destroyed in 1778.
Did you know that we have thousands of original drawings, watercolours and prints in our Modern Manuscripts collections? This watercolour of a 'Tyger-cat' from the collection of Sir Joseph Banks is over 74 cm long!
A musing for today’s #MapMonday. Do you agree with Mr Stevenson?
#Onthisday in 1864 Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, gave this manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground to Alice Liddell as an early Christmas present. The manuscript was written in sepia-coloured ink and included 37 pen and ink illustrations by Carroll. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Have you just started your PhD? Come to our Doctoral Open Days for first-year PhD students to learn about our collections and how you can explore them for your research. Find out more: bit.ly/2fLYYV6
From an illustrated edition of Peter Pan and Wendy to a gingerbread house decoration, find enchanting gifts for your Christmas list in our new Fairy Tales range [ Bit.ly Link ]