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Historic Victorian Atlas Published Online

“A historic atlas of Great Britain has today been published online for the first time, offering a unique view of England, Scotland and Wales over the last 500 years. Digitised by Ancestry.co.uk, the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, contains 57 separate county maps, which show how Britain’s ancient parish and county boundaries have changed shape over the centuries. Navigable online, the Atlas lets users scroll over whole counties and zoom in and out to identify local parish towns and churches.” (via Ancestry.com)

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BRITISH LIBRARY PUTS LITERARY TREASURES ONLINE

“The British Library is putting hundreds of its most valuable literary resources online, from the Bronte sisters’ childhood writings to William Blake’s notebook.

The new website features digital versions of 1,200 handwritten manuscripts, diaries and letters from Romantic and Victorian writers including Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Jane Austen.” (via The Associated Press)

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As the British Library posts its greatest literary treasures online, new research reveals that young people could be struggling to engage with the classics

“Generations of readers first discovered their appetite for the classics of English literature when studying them at school. As the British Library posts some of its greatest literary treasures online, new research reveals that 82% of English teachers believe that today’s secondary school students ‘find it hard to identify’ with classic authors.” (via British Library)

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British Library to unveil £33m newspaper reading room

“Dismissed by some as tomorrow’s chip paper but indispensable to others as a first draft of history, nearly 400 years of newspapers will be available for perusal on Monday in the British Library’s new £33m reading room. The Newsroom, offering more than 750m pages of newspapers and magazines and 4.8m archived websites, will be officially opened by the culture secretary, Sajid Javid. A hi-tech reading room, the first at the British Library in St Pancras for more than 10 years, offers researchers free access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections dating back to the English civil war. Together with a purpose-built robotic storage facility in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, it replaces the Colindale newspaper library in north London, which closed last November.” (via The Guardian)

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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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