British Library

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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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Mervyn Peake 'visual archive' acquired by British Library
Library says illustrations, beginning when he was seven and continuing through his life as a novelist and illustrator, show he was one of the great ‘writer-artists’

Alison Flood

15, Jul, 2020 @2:54 PM

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Print and digital readers like different books, library data suggests
Ebook lending has been included for the first time in UK libraries’ annual tally of loans, and indicates distinct preferences between media

Alison Flood

19, May, 2020 @11:00 PM

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British Library asks nation's children to write miniature books in lockdown
Axel Scheffler and Jacqueline Wilson are adding micro-works to scheme asking youngsters to follow the Brontës’ lead and write their own tiny tales

Alison Flood

12, May, 2020 @10:43 AM

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