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The week in classical: Manchester Collective & Abel Selaocoe; Music@Malling; Music x Museums
Sparks fly as the South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and Manchester Collective live on the edge – and as six composers respond to Bach’s Brandenburg concertos

Fiona Maddocks

30, Apr, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Smashed Guardian hard drives feature in British Library exhibition
Tech destroyed to protect Edward Snowden leaks among items that consider role of media over 500 years

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

21, Apr, 2022 @6:44 PM

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Mary, Queen of Scots ‘locked’ final letter using paper-folding, research finds
On the eve of her execution, Mary wrote a last message to French king, which scholars believe she used elaborate skill to secure

Alison Flood

10, Dec, 2021 @2:35 PM

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Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo: Rudyard Kipling’s own sketches of the Jungle Book cast revealed
Until recently, drawings made to help shape the characters could only be seen in the British Library. Now they will feature in a new edition

Dalya Alberge

21, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Handwritten lyrics from Paul McCartney’s archive go on display
British Library to exhibit song lyrics and photographs immaculately kept by the former Beatle

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

04, Nov, 2021 @1:15 PM

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Lost memoir paints revered philosopher John Locke as ‘vain, lazy and pompous’
Rediscovered papers thought to record the memories of a longstanding friend say the ‘father of liberalism’ plagiarised and lied about never reading Thomas Hobbes

Alison Flood

24, Jun, 2021 @3:13 PM

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UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers
Friends of the National Libraries launch ‘once in a generation’ effort to raise £15m to buy the Honresfield library, packed with works by Brontë sisters, Jane Austen and Walter Scott

Alison Flood

17, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Ziauddin Shakeb obituary
Other lives: Historian of Indo-Persian relations and expert on Persian and Arabic manuscripts at Christie’s auction house

Mahamid Ahmed

07, Mar, 2021 @5:48 PM

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Oh what a lovely archive: British Library gets Joan Littlewood treasure trove
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s colourful history is documented in more than 100 boxes of material collected by actor Murray Melvin

Michael Billington

01, Feb, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The book of love: 400-year-old tome of John Donne’s poems is unveiled
Handwritten manuscript acquired by British Library gives new clues to his work

Dalya Alberge

06, Dec, 2020 @6:45 AM

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British Library apologises for linking Ted Hughes to slave trade
The poet had been wrongly included among more than 300 figures whose collections were associated with wealth obtained from colonial violence

Alison Flood

25, Nov, 2020 @1:13 PM

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Spellbook forms part of exhibition of Hebrew works at British Library
Show delayed by lockdown set to open at London library in September

Mark Brown, Arts correspondent

17, Aug, 2020 @11:01 PM

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