Tag Archives: British Library

There Will Be Fun

“There Will Be Fun”, promises the British Library with its new exhibition on the world of Victorian Entertainments.  And so there is – plenty of it.  The material is drawn mainly from the Library’s Evanion Collection, an extraordinary archive of … Continue reading

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Do you not twitter Gentlemen?

“Do you not twitter Gentlemen?” – what’s this then, a line interpolated into Shakespeare to bring him up to date and make him ‘relevant’?  Well, yes, that’s actually more or less what it is.  It’s a line from a fresh prologue … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures (2)

The final day of the recent CILIP ‘Hidden Treasures’ conference (see previous post) took place in the friendly and familiar surroundings of the British Library. A few words of welcome from Dr Kristian Jensen, éminence grise at the BL, on … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures (1)

Hidden Treasures (and their unveiling) – such was the theme at the recent conference of the Rare Books and Special Collections Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) – that’s what used to be the good … Continue reading

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Lines in the Ice

I really rather enjoy these smaller-scale exhibitions (i.e. the free ones) at the British Library.  You get a distinct sense that the bright young curators have just been left to get on with it, without undue interference from the message-spinners … Continue reading

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Augustine Ryther: Two Maps of London

Have I not here the best cards for the game, To win this easy match play’d for a crown? (Shakespeare, King John). I recently mentioned in passing a very early map of London engraved on a playing-card. Here, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Gamesmanship

An unwonted spell of quiet here on the blog lately.  Apologies for that – but not entirely from lack of activity.  A bit of holiday and a long-postponed attempt at reading The Alexandria Quartet in its entirety aside, head and … Continue reading

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Comics Unmasked

Comics to me have always been associated solely with childhood and early attempts at pictorially assisted reading.  Moving on from Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace (never really understood that whole Beano/Dandy rivalry), carefully skirting round the significantly more menacing … Continue reading

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Beautiful Science

Wearing my hack’s hat this week, in my guise of reporter-at-large for the ABA website and newsletter.  Off to the British Library, always a pleasure of course, but specifically there on this occasion to take in the press view of … Continue reading

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Blogwars – Howard Mitchelson (1779-1817)

Well now – the faint echo of a challenge whispers across the blogosphere this week.  The gentle laying down of a gauntlet.  Over on the British Library’s excellent Maps and Views blog, in her post Celebrating George III: the Map King … Continue reading

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