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Magna Carta Mania February 10, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Exhibits

The timing is impeccable. On the heels of the beginning of the festivities celebrating the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta, in which all four surviving copies of the original edition of 1215 edition will be displayed together for the first time, word comes that another early copy has been discovered! The four surviving copies of the Magna Carta being prepared for display at the British Library. Photograph: Clare Kendall/British Library/PA Unearthed at the Council…

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British Library set to leave this world May 18, 2011

It’s Sci-Fi time at the British Library. The long-awaited, and destined to be a classic, exhibit Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it, opens on Friday. “This new exhibition will invite visitors to enter the world of the future, alien worlds, parallel worlds and virtual worlds, and speculate on how our universe might change. These imaginings can provoke hopes and dreams, exhilaration or fear – and shed light on the…

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Peake Archive Takes British Library To New Heights April 16, 2010

Mervyn Peake, Self-portrait, submitted to the Royal Academyin 1931. Now in the National Portrait Gallery. (All Images Courtesy of the Mervyn Peake Estate, mervynpeake.org ) He’s been been likened to Tolkien, Dickens, Kafka, and Poe, but the work of poet, painter, playwright, author, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) defies comparison. Anthony Burgess wrote in his introduction to the first volume of the Gormenghast Trilogy, Peake’s most famous work: “There really is no close relative to…

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Thomas Hardy Stays At Home, Thanks To 104 Year Old Friend. April 12, 2010

Norrie Woodhall has a new claim to fame when it comes to Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy. She’s just provided the inspiration for a successful campaign to keep some valuable Hardy manuscripts in his native Dorset. At 104 years-of-age, Norrie might seem an unlikely muse for Dorset’s die hard Hardy fans. But she’s been connected with the writer since before she was born: Norrie Woodhall says her mother was the inspiration for Hardy’s tragic heroine, Tess…

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Dreadful E-Books Offered Gratis By British Library February 10, 2010

One of the Most Popular Penny Dreadfuls, Starring Dick Turpin, Highwayman. (Circa 1866.) It’s a red-hot, red letter day for Amazon Kindle owners. The British Library has announced that 65,000 rare 19th century literary first editions will be offered as free downloads to owners of the device beginning in Spring of 2010. Thanks to a joint venture with Microsoft, the no-cost titles will reproduce the original type-face and illustrations from such classic works as Charles…

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