Wednesday 4 April 2018

British Library - Put a spring in your step


Spring is the season for fresh beginnings and new discoveries. This April explore something new at the Library: travel back in time 250 years to join one of Captain James Cook's ground-breaking voyages, or perhaps unearth one of our fascinating Treasures in our free gallery. The Library is here to give you a wealth of exciting and inspiring ways to learn.

Free Treasures Gallery, open daily

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles. Discover some of the world's most exciting, beautiful and significant books, manuscripts and sound recordings that tell the remarkable stories of over two thousand years of human experience.
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New exhibition opens this month

Hear the stories. Read the journals. Immerse yourself in the momentous voyages made by Captain James Cook 250 years ago. Stunning landscape paintings and the first complete European charts of New Zealand sit alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives on these encounters with people of the Pacific.
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Latest stories
Pause for a glorious Dawn Chorus
During spring, birdsong strikes up well before dawn. Pause for a moment in your day to hear an East Sussex Dawn Chorus, featuring a choir of blackbirds, robins, wrens, song thrushes and many others in our online exhibition about the language of birds. Enjoy.

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Fascinating observations in Abyssinia
Discover how botanist Georg Wilhelm Schimper invigorated standard geographical maps with his observations of plant, soil and rock formations in Ethiopia in this blog.

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Manuscripts in Mali
During 2012, collections of precious manuscripts were hidden in the Timbuktu desert to protect them from destruction in war. Our Endangered Archives Programme is now helping digitise them. Learn more in this short blog.

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From entrepreneurship to the economy
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, founder of social enterprise STEMettes, met with Jack Dorsey, founder and CEO of Square, for an evening of empowering conversation here at the Library. Our blog covers all the highlights.

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Animal Encounters 

What can you learn about drawing from the sketches and watercolours of the artists on Cook's voyages, who were seeing penguins, kangaroos and bears for the first time? Join our masterclass to help develop your wildlife drawings.
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Views from Cook's first voyage

From the first European depiction of surfing to the collecting of botanical samples, the documentation on Cook's voyages was more thorough than any before.
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Ideas are the seedlings of realities

Grow your idea into something big this spring. This article highlights the key steps for the seedling stage of any business.
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Gift ideas from our Shop
Around the World in 80 Maps
Around the World 
in 80 Maps
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Crystal Marquise Silver Globe
Crystal Marquise
Silver Globe
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James Cook: The Voyages Hardback Exhibition Book
James Cook: The Voyages
Exhibition Book (Hardback)
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Compass Flask
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A little extra
How easy do you find our Reading Rooms to use? We're keen to find out from our beloved Readers Find out how to have your say > 
Discover something new in our free online exhibitions. Featuring unique collection items and expert commentary, dive into topics from the story of Asians in Britain to a mass digitisation of feminist publication Spare Rib Explore today >