British Library

May 4, 2022
An exhibition at the British Library opening later this month showcases the role gold has played in the production of some of the world’s finest manuscripts, from book covers and illuminations to w
March 23, 2022
At a time when most fictional detectives seem to have some kind of unusual quirk, terrible relationship history, or appalling skeleton in the closet, it’s nice to come across the virtuous and jolly
December 15, 2021
As we noted in our autumn 2020 article, “Beethoven at 250,” published on the occasion of the composer’s semiquincentennial, the Bri
October 27, 2021
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be at the controversial sale of the Luttrell Psalter in 1929, a virtual reenactment of two famous auctions will give you a glimpse.  
September 29, 2021
It’s always reassuring to discover other readers who revel in their bibliophilia.
February 22, 2021
London — The Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular surviving manuscript from Anglo-Saxon England, will go on display in the North East on loan from the British Libr
December 29, 2020
While no one is sorry to see 2020 go, we are excited to take one last look at our top ten stories of the year.
December 14, 2020
London — The British Library announces it has acquired the Melford Hall manuscript, a rare seventeenth-century volume of poetry by John Donne (1572 – 1631), one of
November 18, 2020
The British Library announces it has acquired the Lucas Psalter, an important and hitherto unknown copy of the Psalms dating from the second half of the 15th century.
November 5, 2020
A team of cataloguers, curators, conservators, and imaging specialists at the British Library (BL) has completed a seven-year project to digitize a collection of ea