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Open to everyone, the Library offers events, temporary exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by The Beatles.

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Alongside a developing range of cheap cameras, the Kodak Companyโ€™s monthly competitions provided incentives to take up p...
17/09/2021

Alongside a developing range of cheap cameras, the Kodak Companyโ€™s monthly competitions provided incentives to take up photography. Cash prizes were offered to the winners, with categories designed for all levels of photographic expertise. Here is an entry from 1908. #PhotoFriday

๐Ÿ“ท 'Shrimp fisher (September 1908)' by L. Hillier
Kodak Archive A.1997

Alongside a developing range of cheap cameras, the Kodak Companyโ€™s monthly competitions provided incentives to take up photography. Cash prizes were offered to the winners, with categories designed for all levels of photographic expertise. Here is an entry from 1908. #PhotoFriday

๐Ÿ“ท 'Shrimp fisher (September 1908)' by L. Hillier
Kodak Archive A.1997

Weโ€™ve got plenty in store for West Yorkshire this season. Light Night Leeds is back โ€“ and so are we, celebrating the sig...
17/09/2021

Weโ€™ve got plenty in store for West Yorkshire this season. Light Night Leeds is back โ€“ and so are we, celebrating the sights and sounds of night-time critters.

Join us next week to hear our insights on managing diverse digital collections in the age of data giants, part of Leeds Digital Festival. Make sure to book your free tickets for this online event.

Find us at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival and Comic Convention in November as we dive into our comic collection and the world of digital publishing.

Find out more on our Leeds events homepage: https://www.bl.uk/events/leeds-events

Weโ€™ve got plenty in store for West Yorkshire this season. Light Night Leeds is back โ€“ and so are we, celebrating the sights and sounds of night-time critters.

Join us next week to hear our insights on managing diverse digital collections in the age of data giants, part of Leeds Digital Festival. Make sure to book your free tickets for this online event.

Find us at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival and Comic Convention in November as we dive into our comic collection and the world of digital publishing.

Find out more on our Leeds events homepage: https://www.bl.uk/events/leeds-events

17/09/2021

Meet the Turkey Rhubarb man โ€“ Fred Hamer collected this recording from Harry Scott in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire (c.1950โ€“69). #FolkFriday

Hamer introduces the song as โ€œa cross between a signature tune and a street call used by a hawker who carried rhubarb in season as part of his stock-in-trade. In the [19th] century, rhubarb was commonly called Turkey rhubarb as anything with a vaguely Eastern origin seems to have been ascribed to Turkey. Rhubarb, in fact, originally came from the mountain chain between Tartary and Siberia according to Brewer.โ€

๐Ÿ”ˆ C433/10 S2 C8 'Turkey Rhubarb' recorded by Fred Hamer, c.1950โ€“69
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ 10349.h.13

Sir Anthony Panizzi, Principal Librarian of the British Museum Library (1856โ€“66), was born #OTD in 1797. He persuaded Th...
16/09/2021

Sir Anthony Panizzi, Principal Librarian of the British Museum Library (1856โ€“66), was born #OTD in 1797. He persuaded Thomas Grenville to donate his collection of 20,000 books to the Museum, which can be seen in the King's Tower here at the Library.

Find out how Panizzi turned from revolutionary to librarian: https://blogs.bl.uk/untoldlives/2015/09/from-revolutionary-to-librarian-sir-anthony-panizzi.html

Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797-1879) by George Frederic Watts, NPG 1010 ยฉ National Portrait Gallery

Sir Anthony Panizzi, Principal Librarian of the British Museum Library (1856โ€“66), was born #OTD in 1797. He persuaded Thomas Grenville to donate his collection of 20,000 books to the Museum, which can be seen in the King's Tower here at the Library.

Find out how Panizzi turned from revolutionary to librarian: https://blogs.bl.uk/untoldlives/2015/09/from-revolutionary-to-librarian-sir-anthony-panizzi.html

Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797-1879) by George Frederic Watts, NPG 1010 ยฉ National Portrait Gallery

14/09/2021

"Consider well the seed that gave you birth:
you were not made to live your lives as brutes,
but to be followers of worth and knowledge."

On the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, join us as we explore his visionary journey through the realms of hell, purgatory and heaven, in The Divine Comedy.

Learn more of Danteโ€™s world and his life in Florence in a special online event, tonight at 19.30. Book now โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ”— https://bit.ly/3A5OXeu

๐Ÿ“œ Yates Thompson 36 f. 169 Seven Spheres
#OTD

Painted terracotta figurine of Ami Chand, a trooper of James Skinner's regiment, dating 1819โ€“20.James Skinner establishe...
14/09/2021

Painted terracotta figurine of Ami Chand, a trooper of James Skinner's regiment, dating 1819โ€“20.

James Skinner established the regiment of irregular cavalry 'Skinner's Horse' in northern India. As Skinner was of mixed race, son of a Scottish solider and Rajasthani mother, he was not allowed to serve in the East India Company as a solider and established an independent cavalry.

Skinner initially supported the Marathas against the British, but changed sides in 1803. In 1814, he established the second regiment of the irregular cavalry to support the British against the Nepalese. #VisualArtTuesdays

Learn more about Skinner and Ami Chand ๐Ÿ‘‰https://bit.ly/3z3i9RX

๐Ÿ“‘ Foster 979

An important question that one should ask themselves, but please refrain from standing on the tables in the Library! Vis...
13/09/2021

An important question that one should ask themselves, but please refrain from standing on the tables in the Library! Visit #Paddington: The Story of a Bear instead ๐Ÿ‘‰https://bit.ly/3twU9pl

An important question that one should ask themselves, but please refrain from standing on the tables in the Library! Visit #Paddington: The Story of a Bear instead ๐Ÿ‘‰https://bit.ly/3twU9pl

Prithee, who let loose the hounds? Whomst, whomst, whomst?โฃโฃ๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c. 1318-13...
13/09/2021

Prithee, who let loose the hounds? Whomst, whomst, whomst?โฃ
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๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c. 1318-1325โฃ
๐Ÿ“œ Add MS 36684, f. 88vโฃ
#ManuscriptMonday

Prithee, who let loose the hounds? Whomst, whomst, whomst?โฃ
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๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c. 1318-1325โฃ
๐Ÿ“œ Add MS 36684, f. 88vโฃ
#ManuscriptMonday

10/09/2021

In the 700th year of Dante Alighieriโ€™s death, join us to traverse the three realms of hell, purgatory and heaven. On Tuesday 14 September, we invite experts Alessandro Scafi and Elisabeth Trischler to explore the inspiration behind Danteโ€™s Divine Comedy.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mYcZ7B

10/09/2021

Welcome to our new #FolkFriday series. This week, we take you to Northumberland, 1954, where Jack Armstrong, piper, fiddler and bandleader, composed the tune Rothbury Hills on Northumbrian small pipes.

Jack Armstrong, recorded and pictured here, was the piper to the Duke of Northumberland from 1948 to 1971.

๐Ÿ”‰Recordist Peter Kennedy, 1954
๐Ÿ“ทJack Armstrong on Northumbrian small pipes ยฉ Peter Kennedy

#OnThisDay in 1839, John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. Cyanotype or blue-print is one of the oldest an...
09/09/2021

#OnThisDay in 1839, John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. Cyanotype or blue-print is one of the oldest and longest surviving photographic processes, using a mixture of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to produce a light sensitive paper. โฃ
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This image is one of a large collection produced by Anna Atkins between 1843 and 1853, entitled Photographs of British algae: Cyanotype Impressions. These photographic impressions were made without the use of the camera, by placing specimens directly onto the sensitised paper and exposing them to sunlight.โฃ
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If you have a unique idea, make sure to visit our Business & IP Centre to find out how you can protect it.โฃ
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Source: C.192.c.1.(1-8.) vol.1 part 1 page 55โฃ

#OnThisDay in 1839, John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. Cyanotype or blue-print is one of the oldest and longest surviving photographic processes, using a mixture of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to produce a light sensitive paper. โฃ
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This image is one of a large collection produced by Anna Atkins between 1843 and 1853, entitled Photographs of British algae: Cyanotype Impressions. These photographic impressions were made without the use of the camera, by placing specimens directly onto the sensitised paper and exposing them to sunlight.โฃ
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If you have a unique idea, make sure to visit our Business & IP Centre to find out how you can protect it.โฃ
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Source: C.192.c.1.(1-8.) vol.1 part 1 page 55โฃ

Cast your eye over a sinewy... thigh (?)On the 8 September 1504, Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza della Signo...
08/09/2021

Cast your eye over a sinewy... thigh (?)

On the 8 September 1504, Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

In a similar vein, this sketch by 'Il Divino' himself is well worth a closer look.

๐Ÿ”— https://imagesonline.bl.uk/asset/4885
๐Ÿ“‘ Add. 21907

Cast your eye over a sinewy... thigh (?)

On the 8 September 1504, Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

In a similar vein, this sketch by 'Il Divino' himself is well worth a closer look.

๐Ÿ”— https://imagesonline.bl.uk/asset/4885
๐Ÿ“‘ Add. 21907

A 19th-century watercolour of the Divan-i Am (Hall of Public Audience) in the Red Fort, Delhi, with screens erected in f...
07/09/2021

A 19th-century watercolour of the Divan-i Am (Hall of Public Audience) in the Red Fort, Delhi, with screens erected in front and groups of people both inside and outside the building. Inside the Divan-i Am is a marble throne where the Mughal emperor would be seated and where he would hold audiences with the public. #VisualArtTuesdays

๐ŸŽจArtist Mazhar Ali Khan, Delhi, c.1840
๐Ÿ“‘Add Or 4668

A 19th-century watercolour of the Divan-i Am (Hall of Public Audience) in the Red Fort, Delhi, with screens erected in front and groups of people both inside and outside the building. Inside the Divan-i Am is a marble throne where the Mughal emperor would be seated and where he would hold audiences with the public. #VisualArtTuesdays

๐ŸŽจArtist Mazhar Ali Khan, Delhi, c.1840
๐Ÿ“‘Add Or 4668

Come on guys, it's that time of the week again... ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c.1318โ€“1325๐Ÿ“œ Add MS...
06/09/2021

Come on guys, it's that time of the week again... ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c.1318โ€“1325
๐Ÿ“œ Add MS 36684, f.61v
๐Ÿ”— www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_36684_f061v

#ManuscriptMonday

Come on guys, it's that time of the week again... ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“˜ Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c.1318โ€“1325
๐Ÿ“œ Add MS 36684, f.61v
๐Ÿ”— www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_36684_f061v

#ManuscriptMonday

#OTD in 1957 American writer Jack Kerouac published On the Road, a novel based on his travels across the United States.T...
05/09/2021

#OTD in 1957 American writer Jack Kerouac published On the Road, a novel based on his travels across the United States.

Three weeks in April 1951, in manic bursts, Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript of On the Road onto rolls of architectsโ€™ paper, which he taped together beforehand, so that he would not have to replace paper at the end of each page or interrupt his creative flow. The result was a 120-foot long manuscript ๐Ÿ“œ

A specially constructed display case was made to exhibit the first 50 feet of the scroll at a 2012 exhibition at the Library, just before Walter Sallesโ€™ film adaptation of the novel was released in cinemas. #Throwback

Happy #InternationalDayOfCharity!Did you know that we are a charity? We rely on your donations to help us open up a worl...
05/09/2021

Happy #InternationalDayOfCharity!

Did you know that we are a charity? We rely on your donations to help us open up a world of ideas and inspiration for all.

Help us spark that next lightbulb moment. Donate today: https://bit.ly/3kOqqV2

Happy #InternationalDayOfCharity!

Did you know that we are a charity? We rely on your donations to help us open up a world of ideas and inspiration for all.

Help us spark that next lightbulb moment. Donate today: https://bit.ly/3kOqqV2

In 1881, the Scottish photographer John Thomson published Street Incidents โ€“ a series of photographs taken in London dur...
03/09/2021

In 1881, the Scottish photographer John Thomson published Street Incidents โ€“ a series of photographs taken in London during the 1870s. It was one of the earliest attempts to provide a realistic photographic account of working-class life in the metropolis. #PhotoFriday

๐Ÿ“ท Workers on the Silent Highway, 1876โ€“77 (barge on the River Thames)
๐Ÿ“‘ RB.23.b.6198 plate 8

In 1881, the Scottish photographer John Thomson published Street Incidents โ€“ a series of photographs taken in London during the 1870s. It was one of the earliest attempts to provide a realistic photographic account of working-class life in the metropolis. #PhotoFriday

๐Ÿ“ท Workers on the Silent Highway, 1876โ€“77 (barge on the River Thames)
๐Ÿ“‘ RB.23.b.6198 plate 8

What did you do during the Covid lockdowns? Kushy Dil (Happy Heart) Womenโ€™s Group adapted from in-person gatherings to o...
01/09/2021

What did you do during the Covid lockdowns? Kushy Dil (Happy Heart) Womenโ€™s Group adapted from in-person gatherings to online community research, discovering personal and local histories. #DidYouKnow you could buy a house and shop in Beeston, Leeds for ยฃ55 in 1906?
Find out more: https://bit.ly/3gOozya

What could you discover about your community through our archives?

The life and times of @PaddingtonBear. Learn more at our exhibition on the bear himself, #Paddington: The Story of a Bea...
31/08/2021

The life and times of @PaddingtonBear. Learn more at our exhibition on the bear himself, #Paddington: The Story of a Bear. Open now!
๐Ÿ”—https://bit.ly/2WptuOK

The life and times of @PaddingtonBear. Learn more at our exhibition on the bear himself, #Paddington: The Story of a Bear. Open now!
๐Ÿ”—https://bit.ly/2WptuOK

The observatory in Delhi, known as Jantar Mantar, was commissioned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 1720s to take accurat...
31/08/2021

The observatory in Delhi, known as Jantar Mantar, was commissioned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 1720s to take accurate astronomical calculations. This engraving was produced after an original drawing by Thomas and William Daniell for their series Oriental Scenery. The engraving dates back to 1816. #VisualArtTuesdays

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ X 978, f.138

The observatory in Delhi, known as Jantar Mantar, was commissioned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 1720s to take accurate astronomical calculations. This engraving was produced after an original drawing by Thomas and William Daniell for their series Oriental Scenery. The engraving dates back to 1816. #VisualArtTuesdays

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ X 978, f.138

In search of the elusive banana in the sky... ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ“– The Maastricht Hours, Liรจge, Belgium; 1300โ€“1325๐Ÿ“œ Stowe MS 17, f.76v๐Ÿ”— ht...
30/08/2021

In search of the elusive banana in the sky... ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“– The Maastricht Hours, Liรจge, Belgium; 1300โ€“1325
๐Ÿ“œ Stowe MS 17, f.76v
๐Ÿ”— https://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=stowe_ms_17_f076v

#ManuscriptMonday

In search of the elusive banana in the sky... ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ“– The Maastricht Hours, Liรจge, Belgium; 1300โ€“1325
๐Ÿ“œ Stowe MS 17, f.76v
๐Ÿ”— https://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=stowe_ms_17_f076v

#ManuscriptMonday

If youโ€™re visiting our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this bank holiday weekend you may see something extra...
27/08/2021

If youโ€™re visiting our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this bank holiday weekend you may see something extra messy outside the Library โ€“ go on an adventure with Paddington with our new Marmalade Trail: ๐Ÿ‘ฃwww.bl.uk/events/Paddingtons-Marmalade-Trail

If youโ€™re visiting our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this bank holiday weekend you may see something extra messy outside the Library โ€“ go on an adventure with Paddington with our new Marmalade Trail: ๐Ÿ‘ฃwww.bl.uk/events/Paddingtons-Marmalade-Trail

During the 1980s, landscape photographer Fay Godwin travelled to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire 18 times, spendin...
27/08/2021

During the 1980s, landscape photographer Fay Godwin travelled to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire 18 times, spending a total of 62 days there. She spoke to foresters, freeminers and farmers, photographing them, their homes, and the forest. As author Edna Healey wrote, the result is โ€˜a true portrait of the Forest of Dean.โ€™ #PhotoFriday

These photographs were published in The Secret Forest of Dean by Fay Godwin, with an introduction by Edna Healey.

๐Ÿ“ทJim H***e, Sheep Badger 1985 ยฉ Fay Godwin
๐Ÿ“ธSue Lewis, Clerk at the Forestry Commission 1985 ยฉ Fay Godwin
๐Ÿ“ทAlan Hart with sheep 1985 ยฉ Fay Godwin

26/08/2021

What's this excitable pup lolling its tongue at?
#InternationalDogDay ๐Ÿ•

๐Ÿ“‘Shelfmark: 12803.w.10
๐Ÿ“˜The White Puppy Book by Cecil Aldin

#AnimatedCollection

Let us help you find your smile (no paint required!) Visit our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this summer.๐Ÿ‘‰...
25/08/2021

Let us help you find your smile (no paint required!) Visit our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this summer.
๐Ÿ‘‰https://bit.ly/3yewf2v

Let us help you find your smile (no paint required!) Visit our #Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition this summer.
๐Ÿ‘‰https://bit.ly/3yewf2v

Post- #MondayMotivationThomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices in fields such ...
24/08/2021

Post- #MondayMotivation

Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication and sound recording.

#OTD in 1891, Edison patented the motion picture camera.

#ThomasEdisonQuote #Quotes

Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹ What would you like to see more of from us on Facebook?๐Ÿ“œ Collections? Rare historic works, illuminated manuscrip...
23/08/2021

Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹ What would you like to see more of from us on Facebook?

๐Ÿ“œ Collections? Rare historic works, illuminated manuscripts, early photography...?

๐Ÿ’ป Research insights?

๐Ÿ“š Library life? Behind the scenes, staff stories, Library Cat...?!

Or something else? Let us know in the comments below.

๐Ÿ“ธ credit @JamesEdwardHughes

Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹ What would you like to see more of from us on Facebook?

๐Ÿ“œ Collections? Rare historic works, illuminated manuscripts, early photography...?

๐Ÿ’ป Research insights?

๐Ÿ“š Library life? Behind the scenes, staff stories, Library Cat...?!

Or something else? Let us know in the comments below.

๐Ÿ“ธ credit @JamesEdwardHughes

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