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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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Noel Streatfeild’s beloved book Ballet Shoes is more than just a ballet story. It's about a family growing up & overcomi...
23/11/2020

Noel Streatfeild’s beloved book Ballet Shoes is more than just a ballet story. It's about a family growing up & overcoming hardship in 1920s London. Adopted as babies, the girls act, dance and dream of flying aeroplanes. Held by our friend and #DiscoveringChildrensBooks partner @7Stories
http://ow.ly/aj8e50Ciy8b

18/11/2020

This #WildlifeWednesday, listen to the largest North American frog, the Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana). It is found in larger ponds and lakes from Canada to Mexico.

🐸 Image: http://ow.ly/SKbz50Co4EX
🔊 Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University, 1948 (1CS0089948)

🆕 We are very excited to announce our acquisition of the Lucas Psalter, a beautifully illuminated C15th manuscript which...
17/11/2020

🆕 We are very excited to announce our acquisition of the Lucas Psalter, a beautifully illuminated C15th manuscript which was owned by Thomas Houchon Lucas (1460-1539), secretary to Jasper Tudor and Solicitor General under Henry VII.

Find out more ⬇️

📜 http://ow.ly/kNQH50CmMcA

📜 http://ow.ly/k8cb50CmMcB

Brrr! Our colouring-in sheets designed by @QuentinBlakeHQ are a perfect cold-weather activity for children. Start by des...
16/11/2020

Brrr! Our colouring-in sheets designed by @QuentinBlakeHQ are a perfect cold-weather activity for children. Start by designing some wintry pyjamas, or creating a colourful scarf. Print them here: http://ow.ly/Ad7A50CisQC #DiscoveringChildrensBooks

Today is #WorldKindnessDay 🥰Do you have a quote or poem about kindness that inspires you?
13/11/2020

Today is #WorldKindnessDay 🥰

Do you have a quote or poem about kindness that inspires you?

11/11/2020

Grunting, squealing, squeaking, snuffling and ‘chortling’ are all examples of badger communication, even though this species is not generally known for possessing a highly distinctive vocabulary. 🦡⁣

With its distinctive black and white markings, the badger is probably one of the most recognisable mammals in Britain and easily one of the most loved. Being nocturnal, they are rarely seen during the day, only emerging from their underground burrows (setts) after dusk to feed. ✨ #WildlifeWednesday⁣

🔊W1CDR0001490, band 4.⁣
Recorded in Chobham Place in Surrey by John Aubrey Williams in February 1975.⁣

10/11/2020

Explore Yorkshire’s unique wildlife, weather and nature with our new interactive experience: Faint Signals 🌿

Created using our sound archive for Leeds Light Night by @invisibleflock, this imagined 2D forest invites you to slow down and venture in 👉 https://www.bl.uk/events/faint-signals

#WorldScienceDay

Pow! Wham! Swoosh! Kazoom! Keep young minds busy indoors by making superheroes inspired by the characters in your favour...
09/11/2020

Pow! Wham! Swoosh! Kazoom! Keep young minds busy indoors by making superheroes inspired by the characters in your favourite stories or the real-life heroes you know. Don’t forget to share your super creations #DiscoveringChildrensBooks http://ow.ly/sMBS50CfnHG

We recently launched the @businessandipcentre’s free #ResetRestart programme, open to all UK business owners. The progra...
09/11/2020

We recently launched the @businessandipcentre’s free #ResetRestart programme, open to all UK business owners. The programme will help you to understand your business, give you the tools to plan for future success and prepare for change in the short-term. BIPC’s Innovating for Growth alumna, @centralvisionopticians, founded by Bhavin Shah has had to do just that.

Bhavin explains “Safety became a very important priority in a way that we’d never considered before. Not just for our patients but for staff. I re-mapped our entire customer journey from the point of first contact to the last. After identifying all of the potential risk points, we planned and found ways to make everything as safe as possible.
I had been planning to invest in new technology that would allow us to examine our patients’ eyes in more depth, so we could identify problems more quickly and accurately. This technology also had the benefit that we could examine patients without getting as close as before, which meant that it would be safer as well as more thorough.
We also noticed a few common symptoms that patients were experiencing as a result of lockdown. Many children have become more short-sighted because of reduced outdoor time and excessive screen use. We’d already worked on innovative programmes to help reduce the rate of deterioration, so we were able to help many children. We also noted a surge in patients who were experiencing symptoms of eyestrain. We created blog posts and information guides to help alleviate the symptoms from home and invited those with lingering eyestrain to attend the practice for a specialised assessment.
I believe that the crisis has helped to focus the way we help our patients and has increased the value we can offer in keeping their eyes safer and healthier, and their vision better, than ever before.”

05/11/2020

Take a closer look at the remarkable ‘Papyrus 121’ as British Library curator Federica guides us through magic spells, cures for daily diseases, and the ‘Homeromanteion’ or Homer Oracle, in part 2 of #CuratorsOnCamera

04/11/2020

What would a world look, sound and be like without bees? 🐝
This #WildlifeWednesday three virgin Queens can be heard piping, tooting and quacking at each other in a hive found in the back garden of a house in the village of Waterbeach.

🔊 Richard Youell, WA 2014/020
🎨 Shelfmark: C.109.c.4

Growing our own food and conserving bee populations are part of the gradual journey to more sustainable living in our gardens 🌸
Explore more with our new website ‘If Homes Had Ears’ supported by @HeritageFundUK as part of @BLSoundHeritage: http://ow.ly/dDk850Cb9fE

Following the latest government advice we’ll be closing our buildings to the public from Thursday 5 November. Our Readin...
03/11/2020

Following the latest government advice we’ll be closing our buildings to the public from Thursday 5 November. Our Reading Rooms and galleries are nothing without you so we’ll let you know as soon as we’re able to welcome you back safely again. Until then we’re always open online.

If you purchased an exhibition ticket we’ll be in touch soon. We’re dealing with a lot of customers and working as quickly as we can, so we really appreciate your patience during this time.

31/10/2020

Happy #Halloween! 🦇

29/10/2020

“... espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat, he mistook them for live coals..."

Prowl our cat-alogue of Grimm illustrations, including this glowering grimalkin, here: https://imagesonline.bl.uk/search/?searchQuery=grimm

#NationalCatDay #Halloween

🎨 Arthur Rackham

We know that businesses need as much support as possible and our @businessandipcentre is here to help. Our newly launche...
28/10/2020

We know that businesses need as much support as possible and our @businessandipcentre is here to help. Our newly launched #ResetRestart programme helps small business owners to understand their business, help take the power back and become more resilient, sustainable and agile.

Becky Griffiths, founder of @mothersruine17 is a former #InnovatingForGrowth alumna, who manufactures a range of alcoholic drinks and runs a small weekend cocktail bar. When the pandemic struck, Becky saw an opportunity.

“Online business went crazy. I offered free delivery and created new products. We got by pretty well throughout the months of closure. There was also the opportunity to ask myself if I were to do it all again would I do anything differently? We had to incorporate COVID-19 secure regulations into the re-opening of the bar, but it has enabled me to do things I had wanted to do i.e. Table service, a smaller more sustainable menu, better use of staff resources, a lower impact business with lower overheads – all good.

I had been quite old school in my approach to the business, never borrowed any money and have no debts. I have always run the business in a way that has felt personally sustainable – and not having to worry about servicing a debt is great.

It is hard to know what the future will bring for us. What the crisis has taught me is that the business does have a good resilient core, and that we can only live in the moment and try and respond creatively to changes as they happen. So I ask myself, is everything OK today? This week? And if so, I think that is all I can hope for, and I am grateful! I think being a tiny multi-stranded business makes all this possible.”

To find out more about how Reset. Restart can support you and your business, and to find out what’s going on at a BIPC near you (we have 15 around the UK!), visit bl.uk/reset.

28/10/2020

It’s a spine-chilling #WildlifeWednesday this week – awooooo!

This adult Grey Wolf was recorded howling in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

🔊 Tom Cosburn, Shelf mark: W1CDR0000681
🎨©️ Viv Youell

27/10/2020
Papyrus documents offer lively glimpses into the everyday life of ordinary people. Join Federica, a Greek Papyri Cataloguer & Researcher at the British Library, as she shares a papyrus that tells the story of women’s independence.

#CuratorsOnCamera #UnfinishedBusiness

Papyrus documents offer lively glimpses into the everyday life of ordinary people. Join Federica, a Greek Papyri Cataloguer & Researcher at the British Library, as she shares a papyrus that tells the story of women’s independence.

#CuratorsOnCamera #UnfinishedBusiness

Campaign placards and banners adorn the walls while artworks, personal diaries and protest fashion amplify the voices be...
26/10/2020

Campaign placards and banners adorn the walls while artworks, personal diaries and protest fashion amplify the voices behind the women’s rights movement.

Get a sense of what’s in store at our new #UnfinishedBusiness exhibition. Now open ⬇️

🔗 http://ow.ly/oDyP50C2INy

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23/10/2020

The British Library's cover photo

21/10/2020

During winter, sociable starlings form huge roosts. On arrival they create a chorus, and again when leaving. This recording is of typical flocks calls. Did you know they can also mimic other animals and man-made sounds? #WildlifeWednesday

🔊John Aubrey Williams, Shelf mark: W1CDR0001528 BD11

Are you a small business owner or know someone who is? Our @businessandipcentre’s new Reset. Restart programme is here t...
20/10/2020

Are you a small business owner or know someone who is? Our @businessandipcentre’s new Reset. Restart programme is here to help entrepreneurs transform, future-proof or grow their businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Many business owners are using this time to rethink their business priorities. One business which has had to refocus their efforts on other parts of their business is @thewoodlifeproject, who used BIPC Norfolk for IP advice, after conversations with retailers came to a halt due to COVID-19.

Founder, Hazel explains, “This enabled us to focus our efforts on our online sales, via our own website, as well as @notonthehighstreet and @joules. We worked on our SEO/CRO, blogs, and used social media platforms to drive sales and grow brand awareness. As a result of this, our sales far surpassed those experienced last Christmas.

The rise in sales can of course be explained by the change in consumer habits in the lockdown period; shoppers were no longer hitting the high street to find gifts for loved ones, they did this from the comfort and safety of their homes instead.”

The Wood Life Project were also able to work on their sustainability, “During this period, we spent time preparing for becoming @growninbritain (GiB) certified, and successfully gained accreditation in June. We also gained our @foreststewardshipcouncil (FSC) accreditation.”

Hazel is now looking forward and is currently working on a new range of products to complement their existing product range. These include seasonal children’s products especially for Christmas as well as some products for adults and the hospitality trade. They are also now back in discussions with the large retailers too.

Join one or more of our series of ten monthly webinars for practical, jargon-free training and advice; network with other entrepreneurs and receive further tailored support from your local BIPC, in London or across our National Network. Visit bl.uk/reset to find out more.

16/10/2020

Actor and activist Jameela Jamil, Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn, Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan, Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and feminist icon Susie Orbach are just some of the voices featured on our brand new podcast, Unfinished Business, out now on your favourite podcast platform 🎙️

Episode 1 sees Polly Russell talk to Ade Hassan about the inspiration behind her groundbreaking lingerie range for people of colour, and a discussion on beauty and race with historian Dr Rochelle Rowe and Jennifer Hosten, the first black woman to win Miss World.

Creating a space for in-depth conversations on issues that matter across the world, this podcast accompanies our major new exhibition Unfinished Business The Fight for Women’s Rights, opening Fri 23 Oct ⬇️

🔗 http://ow.ly/2HZr50BUcFQ

#UnfinishedBusiness

What does the future of business look like? In normal times many things can be uncertain, but with a pandemic almost eve...
14/10/2020

What does the future of business look like? In normal times many things can be uncertain, but with a pandemic almost everything is - demand might have increased, operations closed, plans paused, or business models changed entirely.

We know that businesses need as much support as possible and the British Library’s Business & IP Centre is here to help. The newly launched free Reset. Restart programme helps business owners to understand their business, provide the tools to plan for future success and prepare for change in the short-term. The BIPC is here to help you take the power back and become more resilient, sustainable and agile.

To tie in with the launch of our new national programme, we are featuring just a small selection of businesses who have come through the Business & IP Centre’s doors throughout the years and who have successfully adapted during the COVID-19 crisis.

One business who has continued to flourish throughout the pandemic by capitalising on the benefits of an online offering is I Can Make Shoes. Its founder, Amanda Overs, explains how she’s managed to keep her head, or should it be feet, above water.

“During one of my mentoring sessions with Innovating for Growth delivery partner, Fluxx, they helped me realise the importance of starting an online community, which I went on to do. This community has steadily been growing and when COVID struck (which, in theory, should have put me out of business). I spoke to this community and heard what they wanted, which was online courses. I quickly pivoted my business, filmed and released my online course in two weeks and have since made over £100,000 of online course sales in under six months. It's kept my business open, my staff employed and opened up a whole new revenue stream.”

Reset.Restart covers topics including: your mindset, your business model, your market opportunities, your customer offer, your social and environmental impact, your products and services, your marketing, your finances, your funding options and your digital productivity. To find out more, visit bl.uk/reset.

14/10/2020

While many songbirds fall silent at this time of year, the robin continues to bring cheer with its pretty melodies.

But the tuneful trills you hear are really an avian alarm system, a warning to other birds to keep off their patch.

🔊 Kyle Turner, Ref: 143171
#WildlifeWednesday

Loving our digital events, streamed live to your laptop? A brand new set are on sale now! 🎟️Get a front-row seat with wr...
13/10/2020

Loving our digital events, streamed live to your laptop? A brand new set are on sale now! 🎟️

Get a front-row seat with writers, artists, historians and activists – all free or £5. And if you can’t make the date, you can watch online for 48 hours after the start time. Check out the full line-up ⬇️

🔗 http://ow.ly/gse950BR7yL

13/10/2020

Explore the geography, art, science and cultures of the past through the collection of one of history’s most avid armchair travellers, King George III 🗺️⁣

We are nearing the end of a project to make 40,000 early maps and views freely available online for the first time.⁣

The material forms part of the Topographical Collection of King George III (K. Top) held by the British Library and captures four centuries of visual impressions of places throughout the world, from maps and atlases to architectural drawings, cartoons and watercolours. ⁣

From today, the images will be available for anyone to view online via the British Library’s digital Flickr Commons collection: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/georgeiiitopographicalcollection

#KTop #BLMaps #Maps #KingGeorgeIII #BritishLibrary

“I wanted to create something joyous that represents and celebrates black people – a reminder to be proud of our heritag...
12/10/2020

“I wanted to create something joyous that represents and celebrates black people – a reminder to be proud of our heritage.”

Meet Roslyn. Her patterns are a celebration of Afro hair and use British Library collection images on Flickr ⬇️

🔗 http://ow.ly/O68550BPZDM

Tomorrow is Simhat Torah, the Jewish festival celebrating the reading of the final chapter of the Torah, before starting...
09/10/2020

Tomorrow is Simhat Torah, the Jewish festival celebrating the reading of the final chapter of the Torah, before starting all over again 📜

This C17th Torah scroll belonged to one of the farthest flung religious communities, the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. Look out for it in our Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition: http://ow.ly/Xghw50BOa4e

Join us this weekend for a family-friendly event celebrating Chris Riddell’s newly illustrated edition of Alice’s Advent...
08/10/2020

Join us this weekend for a family-friendly event celebrating Chris Riddell’s newly illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ⬇️🐰🕳️

Featuring live illustration, and performances of parts of the iconic children’s story. Sat 10 Oct, 14.00: http://ow.ly/zg9450BMYxW

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