Tuesday 2 October 2018

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new exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms opens; Black British business stars lead Inspiring Entrepreneurs; racism, exclusion and marginalisation are examined in the Annual Equality Lecture; plus much more. Welcome to October at the Library.
Our news
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War – major new exhibition opens 19 October

Including the world-famous Lindisfarne Gospels, Domesday Book, items from the Staffordshire Hoard and Sutton Hoo, the Alfred Jewel and the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see spectacular treasures from across the world that tell the stories of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Image: The Alfred Jewel © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
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Join us for Black History Month

Event highlights include a look at the poetry of James Berry, the story of a World War One African American military jazz band, Tommie Smith discussing his iconic act of defiance at the 1968 Olympics, and much more.

Image: Tommi Smith and John Carlos with Peter Norman at the 1968 summer Olympics (Bettmann / Getty Images)
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Latest stories
Which Library treasures reflect your passion?
As season two of ‘Treasures of the British Library’ continues on Sky Arts, take a closer look at the items this series’ famous faces have explored on their personal journeys.

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‘Wretched strangers’: Shakespeare’s plea for immigrants
See where Shakespeare uses painfully vivid imagery to address an anti-immigration riot on the streets of London.

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Discover our resources for Black British and Asian British Studies
From Olaudah Equiano’s 18th-century autobiography to Hanif Kureishi’s manuscripts, find out how to get the most from our collection.

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Have you heard of Instapoetry?
Our Americas team delve into the literary phenomenon of writing via social media in their latest blog.

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Explore the lives of the Anglo-Saxons 

From medicine, agriculture and food, to language, art and thought, this study day uncovers what it was like to live in Anglo-Saxon society.
Let’s get medieval >
Social justice, exclusion and white privilege

Professor Kalwant Bhopal delivers the eighth annual Equality Lecture, examining recent evidence on the representation of BME staff and students in higher education.
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Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Black Britain and the creative industries

Celebrate the success and cultural impact of Black British entrepreneurs in the creative sector with a panel including MOBO CEO and founder Kanya King CBE, Femi Oguns MBE, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene.
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