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Mozart Manuscripts Online

“250 years ago, on 23 April 1764, the eight-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrived in London with his father Leopold, mother Anna Maria, and sister Maria Anna (Nannerl).  The visit formed part of an ambitious European tour, in which the Mozart children were presented as musical prodigies in public concerts and to private patrons.  Their visit to London, which would last for 15 months, has special significance for the British Library, since Mozart may be counted as the first in an illustrious line of composers to have presented manuscripts to the Library.  This event took place during the course of the family’s visit to the British Museum, in July 1765.  On that occasion, Mozart deposited a copy of his first sacred composition (and only setting of an English text), God is our Refuge, written with the assistance of his father Leopold, together with copies of two sets of keyboard sonatas published the previous year in Paris. (via British Library)

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DCMS re-appoints Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, has re-appointed Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library for a further four year term. Tessa Blackstone has served as British Library Chairman since September 2010. Key achievements during her first term of appointment include: the recruitment of Roly Keating as CEO in 2012; a £8.8m partnership with the Qatar Foundation; the incorporation of the Public Lending Right into the Library; the move of the Library’s newspaper collection to Boston Spa and construction of the Newspaper Storage Building; the implementation of non-print legal deposit legislation and a successful and stimulating public exhibition programme.” (via British Library)

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Europeana 1914-1918: A new website that brings all sides of World War One together launches in Berlin, featuring 10,000 items from the British Library’s collections

“The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in Germany, Monika Grütters, today launched Europeana 1914-1918, an online resource that opens up hidden stories of the First World War and shows the tragedy that shaped Europe from different sides of the conflict. Europeana 1914-1918 is the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries…” (via British Library)

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The Academic Book of the Future: a major new research project from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Library

“The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change. The project will look into implications of open access developments for researchers and readers, including potential for innovation within research process, as well as new opportunities for engagement and dissemination of research.” (via British Library)

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British Library acquires Hanif Kureishi archive

“Screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi, who has charted ructions in British society from punk rock to radical Islam, has sold his personal archive to the British Library. The library said Wednesday the material includes diaries, notebooks and manuscripts of works including his acclaimed 1990 novel “The Buddha of Suburbia.” The library declined to reveal the purchase price.” (via AP)

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A million first steps – British Library Uploads Over 1 Million Images onto Flickr Commons

“We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” (via British Library)

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Voices of Science: The lives of British scientists recorded in full for the first time in a new British Library oral history archive

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.” (via British Library)

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British Library maps are the inspiration for a winning videogame concept

“A team of students have won a prestigious competition after using videogame technology to turn historic maps and engravings from the British Library into a stunning 3D environment. Pudding Lane Productions, a team of six second-year students from De Montfort University, Leicester, scooped first prize in the Off the Map challenge – a nationwide initiative sponsored by game developer Crytek and run in conjunction with the British Library and GameCity. Their success was announced during a special event to showcase the best of the Off the Map entries as part of GameCity8, the annual festival of videogame culture currently being held in Nottingham (October 19 to October 26).” (British Library)

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The nation is captured in conversation as over 350 recordings from The Listening Project are made available online by the British Library

“Over 350 intimate conversations recorded by people across the UK have become part of history this week, as they are made available in full for the first time on the British Library’s Sounds website. Conversations detailing people’s thoughts and experiences of everything from race and ethnicity, to the Iraq War, adoption and even plastic surgery, offer a unique picture of lives today which will be preserved indefinitely for future generations.

These 301 hours of dialogue are the product of The Listening Project, an ambitious partnership between the British Library, BBC Radio 4 and BBC local and national radio stations which launched last year. The Listening Project, which launches its fourth series today, asks people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation on a subject of their choice. Extracts from the conversations are then broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (and on BBClocal and national radio) and the full recordings are archived as part of the British Library’s Oral History collections, and from today, are made available on the British Library’s Sounds website for researchers around the world.” (viaBritish Library.)

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British Library to partner with National Library of Singapore to digitise Malay manuscripts

“Today (19 August) at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 meeting, Roly Keating the British Library’s Chief Executive signed an agreement with Mrs Elaine Ng the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to put an extensive range of materials of interest to Singapore online. The project will digitise the British Library’s collection of Malay manuscripts, together with early maps of Singapore and archival material relating to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles – the British official responsible for the founding of the city of Singapore.” (via British Library)

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