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On this day 20 years ago Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published for the very first time. Bloomsbury Publishing UK asked you to tell them your favourite moments from the series for their celebratory video. Get ready to relive the highs, the lows, the laughter and tears from 20 years of reading Harry Potter…
On this day 20 years ago Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

The 20 most memorable moments from the Harry Potter series - as chosen by fans

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Nancy Spencer Nichols
Kim Chi
Lau Langstrumpf
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06/23/2017 at 11:01. Facebook
Meet Maria Bochkareva of the Women’s Battalion of Death. Their main function: to shame men into joining the army.

Trace the history of female revolutionaries in Russia and the different ways women participated in #BLRussia1917 events [ Bit.ly Link ]
Meet Maria Bochkareva of the Womens Battalion of Death Their main function
Angelina Lesniewski
Simone Evangelisti
Annalisa Masseroni Robinson
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06/22/2017 at 14:03. Facebook
And as if all this lovely #BLHarryPotter news wasn’t enough, our friends at Bloomsbury Publishing UK have something to tell you about some upcoming book releases…
And as if all this lovely BLHarryPotter news wasnt enough our friends
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Kate Mieske
Katie Smith
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06/22/2017 at 13:10. Facebook
'Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes .' (Albus Dumbledore)

We’re sure you recognise the handsome phoenix taking centre stage on our exhibition poster. Pottermore took a behind-the-scenes look at how the artwork was created with the Library’s Senior Designer.
Fawkes is a phoenix Harry Phoenixes burst into flame when it is
Simon Hengchen
Isabella San Esteban
Fi Connolly
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The British Library
06/22/2017 at 11:19. Facebook
Newsflash! #BLHarryPotter tickets for 2018 are now on sale AND we've added some extra slots over the festive period: [ Bit.ly Link ]

(We know, we’re spoiling you.)
Newsflash BLHarryPotter tickets for 2018 are now on sale AND weve added

Harry Potter A History of Magic

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Carola Croll
Emma Middleditch
Céline Cachaud
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The British Library
06/21/2017 at 13:41. Facebook
It's #NationalWritingDay! May the plaintive lion of procrastination be ever thwarted by the massive upright desk of creativity.

(Image: Harley 2982, f.97, St Jerome writing, with his lion at his feet. Psalm 5, Book of Hours)
Its NationalWritingDay May the plaintive lion of procrastination be ever thwarted by
Andrew Muirhead
Ona Golday Cody
Martin Crates
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06/20/2017 at 09:30. Facebook
Can you triple-task? Here’s someone effortlessly writing a newspaper, cooking and cleaning – at the same time.

The page is from a newspaper created by a Russian women’s committee in 1927 and contains reports on their achievements, poetry and stories. The intention: to inspire and promote new communist values. #BLRussia1917

Take a closer look at this item: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Can you tripletask Heres someone effortlessly writing a newspaper cooking and cleaning
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Beverley Noelle Little
Vita Ichilevici
King James VI of Scotland and I of England and Ireland was born #onthisday in 1566. He came to the Scottish throne when he was only 13 months of age.

In 1599 he published ‘Basilikon Doron’ (The King’s Gift), a letter to his young son Henry, drawing on his own experience as king to offer advice on how to be an effective ruler. This is King James’s own autograph manuscript of the text. Explore...
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King James VI of Scotland and I of England and Ireland was
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‘Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.’

Happy Bloomsday! The events of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' take place in Dublin #onthisday in 1904.

This is the 1934 American Random House edition of the novel. Prior to 1934, it was effectively outlawed in north America after the journal that serialised it was prosecuted for obscenity. In December 1933, a...
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Think youre escaping and run into yourself Longest way round is the
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Dwight Tinker
Susan Carroll Tsiouris
‘A governess' experience is frequently indeed bitter, but its results are precious …’

This letter from Charlotte Brontë to W S Williams, in which she talks about the life of a governess, was written #onthisday in 1848. Jane Eyre, which was published a year earlier, similarly presents the reader with the ‘bitter’ sides to a governess’s work. Take a closer look with #DiscoveringLiterature [...
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‘A governess' experience is frequently indeed bitter but its results are precious …’
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'There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.' – Lenin

Placards like this one issued on 12 March 1917 helped citizens to stay abreast of the rapidly changing situation in Petrograd during the Russian Revolution. The text below the title explains: ‘Newspapers are not being published. Events are happening too fast. The population should know what is going...
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There are decades where nothing happens and there are weeks where decades
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Louise Kett
Joanne Sampson
'My work has been inspired by, and created in, this country, so I’m very pleased that my archive has been accepted by the British Library...'

We're absolutely delighted to have acquired Michael Palin's personal archive which includes drafts, working material, personal reflections and 50 'Python Notebooks'! [ Bit.ly Link ]
My work has been inspired by and created in this country so
Richard Sved
Christine Penhale
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Anne Frank, born #onthisday in 1929, wanted to go on living after her death. So she does, in her diary, of which we hold editions in several languages.

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Anne Frank born onthisday in 1929 wanted to go on living after

“I want to go on living even after my death!” Anne Frank and her Diary - European studies blog

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Mark Grey
Antonio Maria Mora
Jerry Lynn Hullum
Happy International Archives Day!

Here are some highlights from our Endangered Archives Programme Team who help save vulnerable archives from around the world.

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Happy International Archives Day Here are some highlights from our Endangered Archives
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Mindy Williams
William Swales
#onthisday in 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum, the library departments of which later combined with the National Central Library and the National Lending Library for Science and Technology to form the British Library.

(Image from A Collection of 226 Engravings, etc., illustrating London and Environs, Maps.C.18.d.6)
onthisday in 1753 an Act of Parliament established the British Museum the
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'Metal plates attached to the heels of boots, thus protecting the trousers from splashes...' (A Curious Invention from The Strand magazine, 1891)

We thought it appropriate to share this rather rainy illustration with you today.
Metal plates attached to the heels of boots thus protecting the trousers
William Swales
Liz Westmoreland
Jo Jones
Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty is now open at the Library!

1895, the trial of Oscar Wilde. 2017, the pardoning of gay men by the ‘Alan Turing Law’. How far have we come in 122 years?

50 years after the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, our free exhibition looks at the build up to this monumental step, its impact, and asks what challenges still remain. [ Bit.ly Link...
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Gay UK: Love Law and Liberty is now open at the Library
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Tamara Barschak
Joseph Grey
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths has been open for a month! Have you seen our exhibition yet? [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Russian Revolution Hope Tragedy Myths has been open for a month Have
Hayley Anderton
Andrea Simmons
Emma Sharp
The rose is the birth flower for June so here are some pretty posies for you today.

This image is by Javier Gose from Gazette de Bon, Paris, 1913.
The rose is the birth flower for June so here are some pretty posies for you today
Michelle Paquette
William Swales
Felicia Weiner
Ever wondered how we save endangered archives? Then this is for you. We've handed our Twitter account over to the Library's Endangered Archives Team for today’s #TakeoverTuesday.

They’ve funded 317 projects in 88 countries and host 6 million images. Here are just a few highlights. Be sure to join us on Twitter for more!
Ever wondered how we save endangered archives Then this is for you
Sadasivan Neelakantan
Nancy Mattison