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04/21/2017 at 12:33. Facebook
'Some Considerations on Afternoon Tea-Drinking, and the Many Subsequent Evils Attending It'

We best put the kettle on for this one… [ Bit.ly Link ]

#NationalTeaDay
'Some Considerations on Afternoon TeaDrinking and the Many Subsequent Evils Attending It'
Mary Beth Levine Foster
Liz Westmoreland
Paul Court
The British Library
The British Library
04/20/2017 at 11:39. Facebook
Bram Stoker died #onthisday in 1912. This script for the theatre version of Dracula is a curious mixture of his handwriting and printed extracts cut and pasted from the novel. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Bram Stoker died onthisday in 1912 This script for the theatre version
Andrea Stevenson
Andy Fidler
Carol Buckingham
The British Library
The British Library
04/19/2017 at 09:30. Facebook
‘I thank you for your paper on pigeons.’

Charles Darwin died #onthisday in 1882.

This letter, dated 1866, is from Darwin to Alfred Russel Wallace, who was also exploring the idea of evolution by natural selection. The parallel development of their theories belies the differences between the two men, which provide an interesting glimpse into the diverse backgrounds of those practising natural...
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‘I thank you for your paper on pigeons’
Janet King
Jean Hamilton
Jeremy Porter
The British Library
The British Library
04/18/2017 at 09:34. Facebook
Ready for a journey through our European collections?

Collecting material from 40 countries in 91 languages, and supported by two cataloguing and acquisitions teams, our European Studies team are taking over our Twitter account today.

Join them for unexpected collection items, exciting exhibition sneak peeks and bewildering blogs that will take you deeper into the huge collection.
Ready for a journey through our European collections
Antonio Maria Mora
To mark #EasterSunday, this is a depiction of the Risen Christ with three sleeping soldiers from the Isabella Breviary manuscript
To mark EasterSunday this is a depiction of the Risen Christ with
Robyn Blanpied
13 April offers a veritable smorgasbord of literary laureates, as Samuel Beckett (1906) and Seamus Heaney (1939) were both born #onthisday.

Hero of the heroic couplet John Dryden also became the first English poet laureate on 13 April 1668. Here’s a fair copy of his first major poem, written after the death of Oliver Cromwell.
13 April offers a veritable smorgasbord of literary laureates as Samuel Beckett
Gloria Callaway
Scandal, espionage, treason. Intrigued? We are.

Find out which Renaissance playwright killed an actor in a duel. Which Tudor poet narrowly escaped the executioner's block for an alleged affair with Anne Boleyn. And which 17th-century writer was reputedly a 'great visitor of ladies' with the new Renaissance pages on #DiscoveringLiterature.

Find out more with the latest blog from Medieval...
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Scandal espionage treason Intrigued We are
Spade? Check. Large conical hat? Check. Try gardening the Christine de Pisan way this #NationalGardeningWeek.

This image is from Add. 20698, f.22, the Flemish translation of 'Cité des dames'. It shows Christine de Pisan preparing the ground for building the City of Ladies; she questions Reason and listens to her answers while digging with the spade of intelligence [ Bit.ly Link ]
Spade Check Large conical hat Check Try gardening the Christine de Pisan
Karen Coutts
Tina Vinson
Cath Allwood
Happy birthday to William Wordsworth, born #onthisday in 1770. This portrait of him by artist Daniel Maclise was made in 1833 when Wordsworth was 63 years old. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Happy birthday to William Wordsworth born onthisday in 1770 This portrait of
Joel Delamere
Richard the Lionheart died #onthisday in 1199. Here he is, rather splendidly adorned, jousting in the lower margin of the Luttrell Psalter.

This colourful miniature shows two caparisoned knights which are generally believed to be Richard I and Saladin. The Luttrell Psalter, commissioned by a wealthy landowner in the first half of the 14th century, is one of the most striking manuscripts to...
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Richard the Lionheart died onthisday in 1199 Here he is rather splendidly
Jilly Day
Tiffani Hagan
The Bedford Hours is one of the most lavish surviving medieval prayerbooks. Made in Paris between 1410 and 1430, its prayers are illustrated by 38 large images and over 1,200 small marginal roundels.

Explore this #BLHighlight: bit.ly/2nDWo6N
The Bedford Hours is one of the most lavish surviving medieval prayerbooks
Gina Worner Fischer
Penny Ellengold
Patricia Newett Jones
When your tail feathers are way more spectacular than your friends', always take the top branch...

A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature was created by Oliver Goldsmith, who died #onthisday in 1774. It attempted to bring together a history of the earth with a description of its geographical features and many of its species.

This edition was illustrated by T Dixon. Explore more with...
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Journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories at our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition. Tickets on sale now! [ Bit.ly Link ]

See the gargantuan 16th–century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and...
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Journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories at our Harry
Alice Rees Phillips
Colette Roux
Mark Araknas Little
From witches to potions, here's a little sneak preview of what you can expect to find in the #BLHarryPotter exhibition from our friends at Pottermore. [ Bit.ly Link ]
From witches to potions heres a little sneak preview of what you

New items revealed from the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition - Pottermore

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Brenda Salamanca
Jane Thomson
Liz Westmoreland
Journey to where magic and myth began. Tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic go on sale at 12 noon on Monday 3 April.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can.

We unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from our collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the...
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Journey to where magic and myth began Tickets for Harry Potter A
Felicity Bent
Tara Spike
Brenda Salamanca
Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, was born #onthisday in 1820.

Although hugely popular with children, the book was not written with them in mind. Told in the voice of Black Beauty himself, the first person narration compels the reader to see things from his perspective, assisting Sewell in her aim to ‘induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.’ [ Bit.ly Link ]
Anna Sewell author of Black Beauty was born onthisday in 1820
Joan Thorburn
Kristin Kendall
Jane Harveylight
#Onthisday in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.

The Hall was originally to have been called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences by the Queen in memory of her husband consort, Prince Albert. During the opening ceremony, the Queen was too overcome by emotion to speak and Edward VII, then Prince of...
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Onthisday in 1871 the Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria
Cherie Hawkins
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths opens in one month.

Our exhibition takes a fresh look at the Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

#BLRussia1917...
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Russian Revolution: Hope Tragedy Myths opens in one month
Rachel Fitzgerald
From the open-air Globe to the candlelit Blackfriars, go backstage at #Shakespeare's playhouses this #WorldTheatreDay [ Bit.ly Link ]

This panorama of London, dated 1616, is an engraving by Claes Visscher. From a view point on the south bank, the image captures some of London's most important buildings including the Globe Theatre, built by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the company to which...
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From the openair Globe to the candlelit Blackfriars go backstage at Shakespeares
Bound for China: ten of the British Library’s most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging programme of cultural exchange between the UK’s national Library and partner institutions in China.

'Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library' is a joint exhibition at the National Library of China in Beijing, opening 21 April 2017.

It...
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Bound for China ten of the British Librarys most iconic treasures will