Join the Revolution at the British Library

The British Library commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most crucial events in modern history this summer in its new exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, which starts today.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict, from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda, and – for the first time on public display from the British Library’s own archive – Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass, this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, and how events in Russia in 1917 transformed the international landscape forever and shaped the world we live in today.

The exhibition runs until 29th August and is accompanied by a range of revolution-themed special events and activities. For further details, visit the British Library website.

LU Arts Presents the Loughborough Legend

LU Arts kicks off the start of term with a story of empire, education, elitism and the Church of England.

The Loughborough Legend tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890’s to navigate the doubled complexities of the oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

The gifted scholar attended Yale, Harvard and Oxford universities at the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming the 1910 Shepshed curate who reinvigorated the local community, and the 1920s Councillor and Loughborough College Governor dubbed the Stormy Petrel.

Written and presented by Pamela Roberts, author, historian and new playwright, The Loughborough Legend is on at the Cope Auditorium on Saturday 6th May at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. To book online visit the link below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/event_booking/the_loughborough_legend/

Database Trial – Illustrated London News Historical Archive

ilnWe’re offering another venerable newspaper archive in electronic format this month, in the shape of the Illustrated London News Archive 1842-2003.

On Saturday 14th May 1842, a publishing revolution occurred. The world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper was born: The Illustrated London News. Its founder, Herbert Ingram, was an entrepreneurial newsagent, who noticed that newspapers sold more copies when they carried pictures. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, and exploration. In 1855 it launched the world’s first colour supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history.

To access the archive go to: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=ILN – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

galeSocial science students may find the latest database trial of considerable interest.

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 is the largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.

To access the archive go to – http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=AHSI – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphThis month we’re trialling the electronic archive of one of the UK’s most popular broadsheet newspapers, the Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings. However, this shifted in the late 1870s, when the newspaper began to support British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli over the Eastern Question.

Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the newspaper published widely on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to The Telegraph’s coverage of Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which it co-sponsored with the New York Herald in 1874. Its dedication to foreign news coverage was evidenced by its employment of several renowned special correspondents over the years; Winston Churchill, who reported from India in 1897, Rudyard Kipling, who braved the trenches of the First World War, and Clare Hollingworth, who, as the first female war correspondent, relayed the start of the Second World War from Poland.

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000 has over 1 million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961.

To access the archive go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=TGRH – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Bloomberg Businessweek Archive

digitalarchives_logoAs a companion to the Forbes Archive trial we’re running this month, we’re also trialling an archive of the popular Bloomberg publication, Businessweek.

The Bloomberg Businessweek Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Businessweek, beginning with its first issue in 1929 and ending in December 2000.

To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bwa

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/bloomberg-businessweek

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn  – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Forbes Archive

logo_ehostThis month we are trialling a database containing the archives of one of America’s most popular business magazines, Forbes.

The Forbes Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Forbes, beginning with its first issue in 1917 and ending in December 2000.
To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fba

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/forbes

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( mailto:s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk ) with your comments.

Explore Ancient Greece With the British Library

blHave you ever wondered what books looked like in antiquity? Perhaps you have pondered why some manuscripts are written on paper and some on parchment? Did you know that the ancient Greeks thought up machines and robots powered by steam? These issues and more are taken up on a new web resource launched by the British Library today dedicated to the study of Greek written heritage, Greek Manuscripts.

Intended to complement and promote the hundreds of Greek manuscripts digitised by the British Library in recent years, the website contains articles on a wide variety of subjects relating to Greek papyri and manuscripts, written by experts from the UK, continental Europe, and North America. Additionally, several videos provide short visual introductions to key topics. Collection items discussed in the articles are given separate item pages, with links to the online catalogue entry and full digital coverage on Digitised Manuscripts.

For more information, visit the British Library site here:

http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/09/the-british-librarys-greek-manuscripts-project.html

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

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On this day in 1916 began the Somme Offensive, the largest battle of the Western Front and one of the bloodiest and most notorious battles in history, resulting in more than one million men killed or injured on both sides.

Commemorations are being held today across Britain and France, beginning with a two-minute silence conducted at 7.30am this morning, marking the exact moment the whistles blew for the offensive to begin.

The Library possesses a vast stock of information about the Battle of the Somme and the history of the First World War among our history collection on Level 2 and our databases available through Library Catalogue Plus, including actual newspaper reports from the day via our electronic newspaper archives.

A variety of external, free-to-browse historical resources about the conflict are also available, including the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War archive and the Europeana 1914-1918 digital archive, a pan-European project involving the British Library.