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Writing has the power to connect. In this video, artist @elseed tells us how he uses his distinctive style of Arabic calligraphy and graffiti to bring communities together.
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To celebrate our exhibition #MakingYourMark, he painted this mural at the Library. See his artwork in our entrance hall until 27 August. You can also find out more about his work in our exhibition (link in bio).
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Writing has the power to connect. In this video, artist @elseed tells us how he uses his distinctive style of Arabic calligraphy and graffiti to bring communities together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To celebrate our exhibition #makingyourmark , he painted this mural

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#Vesak, also known as Buddha Day, takes place today. The image here shows a colourful illustration of the auspicious event of Buddha’s birth at Lumbini Grove in a Chinese folding book dated 1808 (Or 13217, Vol 1, f005r).
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Our #Buddhism exhibition opens in October 2019. Click the link in our bio to find out more.
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#vesak , also known as Buddha Day, takes place today. The image here shows a colourful illustration of the auspicious event of Buddha’s birth at Lumbini Grove in a Chinese folding book dated 1808 (Or 13217, Vol 1, f005r). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our #buddh

The panorama became a popular visual spectacle from the early 1790s through most of the next century. Viewers paid to see a panorama – a very big painting hung on the inside of a specially built circular building. The painting, depicting landscapes, city views, and battle scenes, surrounded the viewers on all sides and made them feel like they were really there.
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These brilliantly coloured and highly detailed aquatints depict Constantinople, now Istanbul, in 8 consecutive plates (swipe  to see them all) to form one wide-angled view. It is an adapted reproduction of an enormous 360 degree painting which was installed in London’s Leicester Square between 1801 and 1802. Its creator, Henry Aston Barker, spent months in Constantinople collecting sketches and studies before his drawings were translated into two paintings produced in collaboration with his father Robert Barker.
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The panorama became a popular visual spectacle from the early 1790s through most of the next century. Viewers paid to see a panorama – a very big painting hung on the inside of a specially built circular building. The painting, depicting landscapes,

In 1895 one of the first recorded women’s football matches took place in London. Explore a century of women’s football through a free display of unique archive material now in our #BLTreasures Gallery.
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Click the link in our bio to find out more about ‘An Unsuitable Game for Ladies: A Century of Women's Football’, open until 1 September. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Image: England’s Jan Murray under pressure from Iceland defender Arney Maenusdottir, 1992. With kind permission of Patricia Gregory.
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In 1895 one of the first recorded women’s football matches took place in London. Explore a century of women’s football through a free display of unique archive material now in our #bltreasures Gallery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to find out

For today’s #PlayMW, we have this 800-year-old copy of the figural poems by monk and scholar Rabanus Maurus, currently on display at our #MakingYourMark exhibition. It may look like a word search at first glance but is actually a Latin poem written out in a grid of 36 lines each containing 36 letters. Within this larger block, small groups of letters can also be read as separate pieces of verse. If delineated, these letters form the symbols of the four Gospel writers surrounding the Lamb of God. Rabanus Maurus highlights the playfulness of writing with his elaborate spatial wordplay here.
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For today’s #playmw , we have this 800-year-old copy of the figural poems by monk and scholar Rabanus Maurus, currently on display at our #makingyourmark exhibition. It may look like a word search at first glance but is actually a Latin poem written o

‘It stands out for me because it is something that is written in two different languages, in two different scripts'
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Michael Erdman (Curator of Turkish & Turkic Collections) tells the story behind this letter from a 19th-century book merchant in Mosul, Iraq. See how it also challenges our preconceptions about what is living or dead script.
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Take a closer look at this item in our #MakingYourMark exhibition which explores the evolution of writing: http://ow.ly/DaWZ50ubtqP
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‘It stands out for me because it is something that is written in two different languages, in two different scripts' ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Michael Erdman (Curator of Turkish & Turkic Collections) tells the story behind this letter from a 19th-century book merchan

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This notebook belonged to Robert Blake, the brother of poet, artist and engraver, William Blake. After Robert’s death in 1787, William began using it for his own notes and sketches and continued to work in it for over 30 years.
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Starting from the front he drafted a series of illustrated notes in pencil under the title ‘Ideas of Good and Evil’. When Blake reached the last page of the small notebook, he turned it upside down and began working from the end on the back of each leaf. He used these pages to transcribe fair copies of earlier draft of poems, many of which would appear in 'Songs of Experience'.
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Click the link in our bio to turn the pages with #BLTreasures
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This notebook belonged to Robert Blake, the brother of poet, artist and engraver, William Blake. After Robert’s death in 1787, William began using it for his own notes and sketches and continued to work in it for over 30 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Starting fro

Happy #MuseumWeek! Today we’re looking at #WomenInCulture. Women's contributions to early European printing generally went unrecorded. Surviving evidence centres on widows – often unnamed – who took over family businesses at the death of a husband. The first woman to print under her own name appears to have been Anna Rügerin in Germany in 1484. Currently on display in our #MakingYourMark exhibition, this book printed by Elisabeth Pickering (or Pykeringe) in 1540, is the earliest surviving book in Britain printed by a woman under her own name.
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Happy #museumweek ! Today we’re looking at #womeninculture . Women's contributions to early European printing generally went unrecorded. Surviving evidence centres on widows – often unnamed – who took over family businesses at the death of a husband. T

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Ever wondered how people kept a record of their friendships in a pre-digital age? Come and explore our #FriendshipBeforeFacebook exhibition – closing on 12 May. Don’t miss your last chance to see our collection of pocket-sized friendship albums up close. Click the link in our bio to find out more and plan your trip to see our FREE display

Image: Egerton MS 1467 f001v-002r
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Ever wondered how people kept a record of their friendships in a pre-digital age? Come and explore our #friendshipbeforefacebook exhibition – closing on 12 May. Don’t miss your last chance to see our collection of pocket-sized friendship albums up cl

Intrigued by the prospect of a medieval seahorse? Join
the club. Here’s the final instalment of this week’s #CuratorsOnCamera... Click the link to explore more of this magnificent manuscript with
#PolonskyPre1200  http://ow.ly/CrkA50qiAic
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Intrigued by the prospect of a medieval seahorse? Join the club. Here’s the final instalment of this week’s #curatorsoncamera ... Click the link to explore more of this magnificent manuscript with #polonskypre1200 http://ow.ly/CrkA50qiAic

Have you ever wondered how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections? It’s time to step into the future with us and explore our new #ImaginaryCities exhibition!
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Have you ever wondered how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections? It’s time to step into the future with us and explore our new #imaginarycities exhibition! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to find out more…

From donkeys to phoenixes, Julian continues to explore
Harley Manuscript 4751. Come back on Friday to see the final part
#CuratorsOnCamera #PolonskyPre1200 #EverybodyLovesADonkey

Tune in on Friday for the final instalment. 
Want to know why we don’t use white gloves? Swipe up to find
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From donkeys to phoenixes, Julian continues to explore Harley Manuscript 4751. Come back on Friday to see the final part #curatorsoncamera #polonskypre1200 #everybodylovesadonkey Tune in on Friday for the final instalment. Want to know why we don’t