A new exhibition opened at the British Library today examining the potent power of propaganda and its often insidious influence on modern human civilisation.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion explores international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries, encompassing the many ways posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts have been used by world nations of every political & social creed to try and influence and persuade their citizens to their point of view.
Over 200 different items are on display ranging from recruiting material such as the famous 1917 ‘Uncle Sam’ US Army poster pictured opposite, to playing cards & board games and multimedia sources such as TV adverts, right up to the digital age with a section devoted to social media and Twitter in particular.
The exhibition runs from 17th May to 17th September. For further details, visit the British Library website here;
US Army recruiting poster by DonkeyHotey, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
The British Library have just launched a competition inviting proposals for an innovative project utilising their vast digital collection. The eventual winner will receive £3000 and a residency at the British Library while their project is implimented.
The Labs competition is designed to attract scholars, explorers, trailblazers and software developers who see the potential for new and innovative research and development opportunities lurking within the British Library’s immense digital collections. Through soliciting imaginative and transformative projects utilising this content entrants will be giving the British Library a steer as to the types of new processes, platforms, arrangements, services and tools needed to make it more accessible.
A virtual discussion about the competition is being held this Friday (17th May) using Google Hangout should you wish to find out more. Full details and terms & conditions of the contest are also available via British Library website here:
An ambitious project has just been launched by the British Library to collect and preserve everything that is published online in Britain.
The archive will cover 4.8 million websites encompassing books and academic journals as well as alternative sources of literature, news and comment including popular blogs, web forums and social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Six ’Legal Deposit Sites’ led by the British Library and including the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales and the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford will be allowed to collect and store anything that is published online in the UK web domain. This archive will then be made available to future generations of social historians and researchers who will doubtless be looking to find some arcane meaning to our ‘Google’ age!
To start the ball rolling, the participating Libraries have come up with a list of what they deem to be the 100 most important and notable websites to archive – and they’re keen to get the British public in on the act too! So if you’d like to suggest your nominations, or just browse the list they’ve come up with, visit the British Library site here:
Computers image by Jisc, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
Anticipating National Science & Engineering Week later this month, the British Library has just begun series of events and exhibitions running throughout March that celebrates science and scientists.
Inspiring Science includes a month-long exhibition of science inspired artworks entitled Encounters between Art and Science, a science-themed comedy night fronted by the stand-up trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and Your Creative Brain, an exploration of creativity with a neuroscientist, philosophers and ‘extreme puppeteers’ !!!
For further details, visit the British Library website here:
If you are down in London between 1 – 5 March, why not pop into the British Library or sign up to attend some of the events at the British Library’s Spring Festival. This year it is a celebration of fashion, design and film.
Highlights include a Fashion-themed LATE on 1 March, in partnership with the History of Fashion department at Central Saint Martins. Hear from Dylan Jones, (editor-in-chief of GQ Magazine) and fashion illustrator Tanya Ling and watch its exclusive ‘paper fashion show’ of specially commissioned designs by the Central Saint Martins Print Design students and leading designers such as Giles Deacon and Osman. Try out a new look in the styling area where you can get a make-over with Chantecaille, or for men, Pall Mall Barbers. Take part in live costume drawing and dance to music by iconic British DJs, Princess Julia and Jeffrey Hinton. Lastly, there will be a pop-up exhibition showcasing a series of postcards from some of the most influential figures in the fashion world, including Gareth Pugh, Alex Fury and Adam Selman, telling us about their favourite item in the British Library.
To find out about all of the different events and book your place, go to: http://www.bl.uk/spring
Image by pshab used under a Creative Commons Licence. From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pshab/5771179476/
Agatha Christie’s celebrated whodunnit, and not the tale of a fruitless search for a spare seat in the Library!
No, don’t be alarmed – the competition for study spaces in the Library during 24-7 hasn’t descended to violent extremes! It’s simply the theme of the British Library’s latest exhibition, which concerns the most acceptable form of murder – fictional!
Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction offers up an exhibition of the crime thriller novel genre with a quirky difference – the display takes an alphabetic course through over a hundred years of literary murder & mayhem, beginning - quite naturally – with ‘A’ for Agatha Christie, and taking in ‘O’ for Oxford (Inspector Morse’s hunting ground) and ‘S’ for Sherlock Holmes along the way.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a pair of discussion panels on the subject featuring writers P.D. James and Mark Lawson and an Easter Holiday ‘whodunnit’ workshop where visitors can take on the guise of a detective.
If you enjoy a good thriller, don’t forget that we have an ample supply among our Leisure Reading collection in Open 3, ranging from the classic detection of Christie and Conan Doyle to the contemporary criminology of Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante and Ian Rankin.
The exhibition began at the weekend and continues until May 12th. For further details, visit the British Library website here:
Image by Insideology reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
A new exhibition opens at the British Library this week on the theme of the Indian Mughal Empire showcasing never-before-seen treasures from the era.
Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire is a study of the mighty dynasty that stretched from Kabul in the northwest to cover most of the South Asian subcontinent. This exhibition is the first to document the entire period, spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries, through more than 200 objects including paintings, manuscripts and jewelry.
We have quite a range of books ourselves on the subject of the Mughal Empire, its history and treasures among our art and history sections on Level 2. You are also likely to find many interesting articles on the subject among our art and design databases on Library Catalogue Plus, particularly the Art Index Retrospective and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index on Web of Science.
The exhibition opens this Friday, 9th November, and runs until April 2013. To find out more about it, visit the British Library website here.
Image shows the court of the Mughal Emperor at Darbar, c.1839, from the Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
A new exhibition started this week at the British Library honouring a celebrated work by one of the finest authors of the ‘Beat Generation’, Jack Kerouac.
On the Road was written by Kerouac over a hectic three-week period in April 1951. Uniquely, Kerouac typed the manuscript on rolls of tracing paper, which he then taped together into a single scroll to avoid replacing paper at the end of the page and interrupting his creative flow.
It is this scroll – which measures an incredible 120 feet! – which will be on display at the British Library for the very first time in this country between October and the end of December.
The Library owns several works by and about Jack Kerouac, including a copy of On the Road. You can also find out more about the author, his life and work, and the history of the ‘Beat Generation’ of 1950′s American authors including William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, through one of our many literature databases on Library Catalogue Plus.
For further information about the exhibition, visit the British Library website here:
On the Road book image courtesy of Pesky Library, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
A new exhibition at the British Library this summer takes a look at the history of the Olympic Games through a slightly different media – postage stamps!
Olympex 2012 offers a unique insight into the history, symbolism and iconography of the Olympic movement, beginning with a long run up to the first modern Games in 1896, pacing the distance of the London Games of 1908 and 1948, before a sprint finish to London 2012. The exhibition is drawn largely from the collections of private collectors and includes over 2500 stamps and postal items as well as other intriguing pieces of related Olympic memorabilia.
Our own Library isn’t short of an item or two of Olympic memorabilia itself, and some of it is still currently on display in our Olympic exhibition on Level 3, including a genuine Olympic Torch from the London 1948 Games. Why not pop in and have a look?
Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games runs from July 25th until 9th September and is free to visit. For further details visit the British Library website here:
1948 Olympic stamps first-day cover image courtesy of footysphere, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.
A new exhibition at the British Library exploring the links between Britain’s physical and literary landscapes starts this Friday (11th May).
Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands will be displaying over 150 works, many for the first time, including Lewis Carroll’s diary (written under his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), a notebook by William Blake detailing a walk around London, and a 19th century ‘Penny Dreadful’ featuring the first publication of the grisly horror story Sweeney Todd.
This Library owns an extensive English Literature range among our book and serial collection backed up by electronic resources such as Literature Online (LION), Bibliomania, and the Literary Encyclopedia.
The exhibition runs until September. To find out more about it, visit the British Library site here.