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We’re delighted that the Asian and African Studies team are taking over our twitter account today! Join us there for updates on beautiful collection items, sneak peeks into their work here at the Library and behind-the-scenes photos.

Did you know they have digitised 1,300 Hebrew manuscripts? Here’s a glimpse at the work they’ve done for the #HebrewProject.
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#Onthisday in 1472 Norway officially handed the Orkney and Shetland Isles over to Scotland in place of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

Betrothed to Margaret, King James III was promised a handsome dowry for his bride. But when it became clear that Margaret’s father (Christian I, King of Denmark and Norway) was lacking the finances, the once-Scandinavian islands soon became territories of the...
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Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born #onthisday in 1473.

At the time, people believed that the earth was at the centre of the universe, and that the sun and planets revolved around it. But this model couldn't explain the patterns seen in paths through the sky over time.

Copernicus argued that the positions of the stars and planetary orbits could be better explained by the sun being at...
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Planning a visit to our #BLMaps exhibition this weekend? We recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment [ Link ]
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What do you notice about these maps? Part of Benjamin Hennig’s ‘Anthropocene world’ collection, they show a view of the world at the beginning of the 21st century.

Blending spatial data with population data, these digital maps are known as ‘gridded cartograms’. Each cell on the map represents an equal geographic area that is then resized in line with its total population according to an...
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Angela Carter died #onthisday in 1992. Like every great author of Gothic fiction, she was blessed with an intensely vivid and dark imagination. Gothic imagery permeated all of her work but nowhere more so than in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories with its moonlit forests, graveyards and isolated castles.

From the Marquis de Sade to Edgar Allan Poe, explore the Gothic influence on her...
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From Jane Austen's treasured notebooks to her writing desk, find out what you can expect to see at our Jane Austen Among Family and Friends display, ending this Sunday 19 February. [ Link ]
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Has our Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition inspired you to explore more maps in our collection?

#Onthisday in 1942 British-held Singapore fell to the Japanese and was not liberated until 5 September 1945. This post-invasion map, published in 1944, shows the docks and naval yard in 1941-2 Singapore. [ Link ]
Probably the oldest surviving Valentine's letter in the English language, in February 1477 Margery Brews wrote to her fiancé John Paston, her 'right well-beloved valentine'.

She confides that her father is unable to provide as substantial a dowry as they had hoped. However, she says, if John loves her he will marry her anyway: 'But if you love me, as I trust verily that you do, you will not...
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What do maps mean to you? #MapMonday
'Maps are the great realist form of representation. You can look at a map time and time again and somehow you don't feel that you've seen it before.'

Last month, Jerry Brotton, Adam Lowe and Grayson Perry discussed art, maps and digital data at the British Library. #ThrowbackThursday

There's less than three weeks left to see how maps made the world we live in at our #BLMaps exhibition and...
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At the age of 16, Jane Austen wrote a spoof History of England which mimics the history books she read as a child. She provides a comic account of England from Henry IV to Charles I as told by ‘a partial, prejudiced, & ignorant historian’.

The narrator can be seen to be frequently distracted by his or her opinions of the events and people being described. A note on the bottom of the first...
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'There is a wisdom of the head, and...there is a wisdom of the heart.'

Born #onthisday in 1812, Charles Dickens is perhaps as famous today as he was in his lifetime. In much of his work, he drew attention to poverty and social issues in Victorian Britain, something that he had experienced first hand. His time spent labelling bottles in a factory as a child while his father was in prison for...
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Capturing the optimism of the early months of World War I, this competition map appeared in the Financial Times in 1914.

Players were invited to redraw the boundaries of Europe, guessing what they would look like at the end of the war. The entry which most closely reflected the eventual state of Europe would receive a prize of £25.

The wars that took place in the 20th century saw a great...
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How old do you think this cartographic gem is?

This colourful map may look like one of the older ones from our #BLMaps collection, but it was created in 1942 by the British artist MacDonald Gill for his world map called ‘The Time and Tide Map of the Atlantic Charter’.

Commissioned by Time and Tide magazine, the map celebrates the Atlantic Charter, an agreement made in 1942 between the USA...
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'Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.'

James Joyce was born #onthisday in 1882. He started work on Ulysses in 1914. Parts of the story were considered too obscene for publication at the time and its first appearance as a series in The Little...
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Starting our #AustenQuotes with these opening words to Pride and Prejudice. Which line do you quote most from her novels?

Don't miss the chance to see three remarkable manuscripts of Jane Austen’s teenage writings, now on display in our free Treasures Gallery until 19 February:

Hurry! Only one month left to chart the power, presence and enduring appeal of maps with us.

Our Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition closes on 1 March. Book now [ Link ]

Our Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibition closes 1 March: [ Link ]
Happy 220th birthday to Franz Schubert! From curiosities to manuscripts, take a look at some gems gathered by collectors of his music: