Posts Tagged ‘British Library’

Magna Carta

June 15, 2011

The Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in British history, was signed today in1215 at Runnymede. The document was a series of written promises between the king and his subjects that he, the king, would govern England and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law.

You can view the British Libraries copy of the Magna Carta online and find out all about it’s importance in British History here

Classic Book App

June 14, 2011

The British Library has launched a new app for the ipad giving access to over 60,000 19th century books. The full version of this app will launch in the summer and you’ll have to pay for it but until then a limited version is available, containing thousands of titles, that you can browse for free!

Find out more at

or download it to your ipad here

Out of this World

June 10, 2011

At the British Library in London there is an exhibition about the role science fiction has played in influencing scientific thought and discovery:


May 14, 2011

If you’re free on the 4th of June and interested in literature and drama, you might like to join in with the British Library’s Wikimedia event:,_British_Library

Are e-books the end of Libraries?

March 22, 2011

Can libraries and e-books co-exist – or are digital books another threat for the public service?

This film from the BBC show Click visits the British Library and investigates their plans to digitise it’s collection. The film goes on to examine the use of ebooks by lending libraries (are they making themselves redundant) and the publisher’s plan to limit this service.

UK SoundMap

September 14, 2010

With the aid of an appropriate mobile phone, or simply by uploading an existing recording on your computer, you can record the sound of your acoustic landscape and make it available to everyone.

[Thanks to LJ for this suggestion]

Codex Sinaiticus

July 24, 2008

One of the treasures of the British Library [1] being made virtually available to the hoi polloi.  (You need to be a top level specialist to get near this outside of a display case otherwise.)

[1] TOTD recalls being on a tour of the BL several years ago and asking a senior member of Library staff about this item.  They’d not heard of it.

Online Gallery: Turning the Pages

October 15, 2007

Observant readers will notice that strictly speaker this blog should be called ‘Thing of the Weekday’.  But anyway this has been suggested as a rather nice ‘thing’:

It’s a great way of making precious manuscripts available – though not quite the same as handling the real objects!  The design of the web access, the added features – such as audio commentary, and of course the items themselves, make this well worth exploring.

Our original contributor says:

“There’s nothing quite like turning the pages of a rare or unique book but of the selections on offer I think I’d still choose the Lindisfarne Gospels. However, handling items for real rather than virtually I can’t decide between Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience hand coloured by the author or early archives of the Pankhurst’s suffrage movement.”