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In 1886, photographer Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936) published his first major work, Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, in which he captured scenes of rural life that was increasingly being threatened by industrial development. 📷C.141.dd.8k
Join @aimafidon, @Wintersonworld and @tahmima on #AdaLovelaceDay as they consider her legacy to reflect on women, technology and the future: 🔗…OU
The Green Knight: the movie and the manuscript 📽️📜🎬💚💚💚👍 Our new blogpost explores the illustrations in the unique 14th-century manuscript, in anticipation of the UK rele#TheGreenKnightnKnight on 24…AB8y4czx
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To brighten up your morning, Annie Walmsley takes us back to 1950s-60s Garstang, Lancashire with a song about a cobbler. Happy #FolkFriday! 🎙️ C433/48 S1 C5, ‘Cobbler making a shoe’, recorded by Fred Hamer. 📷 ‘A Jolly Cobbler’, Edgar B. Brown, c1908 © Library of Congressjs
Thank you to Curator Jana for nominating this fantastical figure to be animated. Learn more about Manimekhala and meet some weird and wild monsters from the deep in our @BLAsia_Africa blog: 🔗 📑 Or 14229 fol. 007v
The goddess Manimekhala is believed to be the guardian of the seas in Thai Buddhist mythology 🌊 Legend has it that she rescued Prince Mahajanaka, who was shipwrecked, helping him to reclaim his kingdom.z
There’s so many more talks, discussions and events to discover. Find your seat at home or in the Library. �
A week before the COP 26 climate change conference, Living Nature will bring together leading artists, scientists and indigenous figures to explore questions around nature, creativity and the value of knowledge. �…VI
When presented with a suitor for marriage, Nawal El Saddawi tipped a coffee tray over him. Discover how the rest of this feminist pioneer’s extraordinary life was dedicated to the same spirit of rebellion and resistance. �…UH
With contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the diaspora, Africa Writes returns. �…Kq
A father, a friend and a mentor. Andrew Salkey’s work and myriad of interests is remembered by those who knew him best – on Friday 22 October. �…Df
Carroll Thompson – ‘The Queen of Lovers Rock’ – took the British music scene by storm in the 1980s. Join her and @London_Colleen for an evening of conversation and classic tracks. �…eC
Ada Lovelace: The mathematician, writer and pioneer of computer coding. Join @aimafidon, @Wintersonworld and @tahmima as they consider Lovelace's legacy to reflect on women, technology and the future. 💻…HOV
From reggae and rock to radical traditions, we’re delighted to announce our next series of events... �
How did Virginia Woolf and Bernard Shaw collaborate? How many books from National Trust properties ended up here? Our new partnership is unearthing links between our collections and we’re looking for two researchers to take the lead:… 🖼️Maps K Top 19 35 a6
We love obscure words. What are some of your favourites?
Practising my hard stare at the delightful @britishlibrary exhibition which runs until 31st October. #Paddington 🥪�4u
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So long, Summer. Happy #AutumnEquinox 🌕 🎨 "The Astronomical Rotula, shewing the change and age of the Moon, the motions of the Sun, Moon, and Nodes; with all the Solar and Lunar Eclipses: by J. Ferguson." 📑 MaK.TopcCj.1.9Y7k
Registration is open for Andrew Salkey: Artist, Mentor, Friend, Activist. a British Library conference held in collaboration with @CCDS_Goldsmiths and @BL_EcclesCentre. Read more in our latest blog.
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J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit was first published #OTD in 1937. Publisher Stanley Unwin paid his young son to read the manuscript, which led to the publication of The Hobbit. Find out more: �…0 Photo of dustjacket © CBW / Alamy Stock Photo.z
#DidYouKnow that Mughal artists in South Asia were inspired by the botanical prints and Florilegium series by Adriaen Collaert in the 17th century? #VisualArtTuesday Discover more floral art in our blog post: �…Qk
You can find the first part of this quote on a lovely mug in our Paddington: The Story of a Bear exhibition range!……
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Life is full of funny little challenges. We’re pleased to say the cups in our cafes are bear-friendly. Visit #Paddington: The Story of a Bear this autumn: �…95
Dance, doggy, dance! 📘 The Maastricht Hours, Liège, 1300-1325 📜 Stowe MS 17, f. 245r…mq#ManuscriptMondaydB5g
We are beyond excited to reveal our new Christmas jumper! With books, stars, and festive colours, all in cosy knitted acrylic, surely this is the perfect Christmas jumper?! 📚🌟 Designed by illustrator Eleanor Stuart, grab yours on our website…MNa
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Alongside a developing range of cheap cameras, the Kodak Company’s monthly competitions gave incentives to take up photography. Cash prizes were offered to winners, with categories designed for all levels #PhotoFriday 📷Shrimp fisher, 1908 entry by L. Hillier Kodak Archive A1997J
The Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition @LaingArtGallery, Newcastle launches one year from today 🎉…H
Join us next week to hear our insights on managing diverse digital collections in the age of data giants, part of @LeedsDigiFest. Find us at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival & Comic Convention in November as we dive into our comic collection and the world of digital publishing.
We’ve got plenty in store for West Yorkshire this season. Light Night Leeds is back – and so are we, celebrating the sights and sounds of night-time critters. Find out more on our Leeds events homepage:… 📷© Mark Loudonr
Hamer introduces the song as “a cross between a signature tune and a street call used by a hawker who carried rhubarb... In the [19th] century, rhubarb was commonly called Turkey rhubarb as anything with a vaguely Eastern origin seems to have been ascribed to Turkey.”
Meet the Turkey Rhubarb man – Fred Hamer collected this recording from Harry Scott in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire (c.1950–69). #FolkFriday 🔈 C433/10 S2 C8 'Turkey Rhubarb' recorded by Fred Hamer, c.1950–69 🖼️ 10349 h 1Nd
We hope you’ve had a ball giving this week’s dance #quiz a go. Were your answers en pointe? Join us again in a couple of weeks for another instalment of quiz fun.
The Charleston was the type of dance popular during in America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’.
‘The Dance Class’ is a well-known painting by French artist, Edgar Degas.
That's right. Martha Graham was a pioneer of modern dance whose technique is still taught around the world today.
The Shim Sham is a famous step in tap dancing.
Correct - in ballet, the term ‘port de bras’ means ‘carriage of the arms’ 🩰
Find out how Panizzi turned from revolutionary to librarian:…
Sir Anthony Panizzi, Principal Librarian of the British Museum Library (1856–66), was born #OTD in 1797. He persuaded Thomas Grenville to donate 20,000 books to the Museum, which can be seen here in the King's Tower. George Frederic Watts, NPG 1010 © National Portrait Gallery
Check back at 4pm when we’ll reveal the answers. Until then, keeeep dancing! 💃
5. Which type of dance was popular during in America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’?
4. ‘The Dance Class’ is a well-known painting by which French artist?
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