Tuesday 7 August 2018

British Library News


Last chance to see ‘a remarkable exhibition' (Sir David Attenborough)

Did you know James Cook's charts were still used by sailors in the 1950s? In this film Sir David Attenborough remembers sailing the Great Barrier Reef using a chart that Cook prepared. Visit James Cook: The Voyages – our ★★★★ exhibition (The Guardian) – before it closes on 28 August.
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‘Sailed from Kingston, 6AM 27/5/48’

The writer Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island was partly inspired by her parents’ experiences of migrating to Britain. Her father, Winston, brought this shirt with him on the Windrush to remind him of home. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?

(Image courtesy of Andrea Levy)
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Latest stories

Explore the 1800s fashion for portraits of remarkable trees, from both home and abroad.

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A chorus
of crickets

Let our sound archive transport you to South Africa with this two-minute wildlife soundscape.

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Colonialism, globalisation and the nature of ‘belonging’
A new project investigates the cultural, economic and political legacies of five centuries of Native North American travel to Britain.

Go beyond the spectacle >
Science and spectacle in the 18th century
Our Untold Lives blog reveals Sarah Sophia Banks’s scrapbook on hot air ballooning. What did the art of spectacle mean for scientific endeavours during this period?

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Capture your wanderlust in words

Whether you’re a travel-writing beginner about to start your journey or a seasoned adventurer with stamps filling your passport, our travel writing study day is just the ticket. Learn how to prepare for a trip, think about who you’re writing for and how you might turn your passion into a career.
Grab your passport >
‘It gets my research out to a wider public’

We’re always interested to know how you’re using our collections. Here we shine a spotlight on PhD student Becky Lawton, whose research focuses on travel texts and papal letters preserved in medieval manuscripts. How can these help us understand the ways Anglo-Saxons used the written word to experience Rome from afar?
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