November launch of ‘South Asia Series’ talks at the British Library

By Farzana Whitfield|November 7, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Nathaniel Halhed’s ‘A Grammar of the Bengal Language’ (Hoogly, 1778). British Library, T 6863. This November sees an exciting series of talks taking place at the British Library centering around the British Library’s South Asia collections and the Two Centuries of Indian Print digitisation project. The talks will bring cutting research to the forefront including discursive debates with academics, curators and researchers from the UK and beyond. Themes include lithographs, manuscripts

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British Library’s Hebrew manuscripts project blog launched today

By Mary Fisk|April 20, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Archival collections, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

  (image from – free from copyright restrictions The British Library’s Hebrew Manuscripts Project official blog has been launched today. The blog showcases over 1000 years of Jewish culture and social life from across the world – from the Middle East to China, and from North Africa to Europe – with a key collection of digitized manuscripts in Hebrew from the British Library’s own collections accompanied by expert commentary and

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New ABS Journal Rankings Out!

By Victoria Bird|February 25, 2015|Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

Today marks the launch of the new Association of Business Schools Journal Ranking (2015) edition. Everywhere, business journal publishers have been awaiting this with bated breath- it’s like their Oscars, but without the nice dresses. Following my own Oscar-worthy performance at the DeFims Research Away Day (see what I did there?!), I felt it would be interesting to blog about this event, and perhaps compare some titles against the previous

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Over 2.5 million British India records digitized and searchable online

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 13, 2014|History, South Asia|0 comments

A partnership between the British Library and ‘Findmypast’ has made over 2.5 million family history records from the India Office Records accessible online. The digitized documents reveal a vast amount about the lives of the British in India from 1698 to 1947 including: careers and domestic life, the lives of women in India, records of baptisms, marriages, wills and burials and civil and military pensions. The indexes can be accessed

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Religions – December 2013 and January 2014

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|March 3, 2014|Religions|0 comments

General & Comparative Bible and cinema: an introduction / Adele Reinhartz. Thin description: ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem / John L. Jackson, Jr. First light: a history of creation myths from Gilgamesh to the God particle / G.R. Evans.  Anatheism: returning to God after God / Richard Kearney. The dynamics of coexistence in the Middle East: negotiating boundaries between Christians, Muslims, Jews and Samaritans in Palestine /

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Free Webinar on researching Propaganda at the British Library (12th March 2014)

By Mary Fisk|February 24, 2014|Archival collections, History, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

[this posting is forwarded from] In Summer 2013 we [The British Library] hosted an exhibition, ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion‘, examining the communication of power, and attempts to persuade, through the use of visually striking material and the objects of everyday life. Examples of these can be found across the Library’s collections, and this webinar will describe the types of material that we used, how we used the Library to research

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North Korea in the news

By Victoria Bird|January 21, 2014|Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|0 comments

The British Library is currently trialling NK News (North Korea News).  From 13th January to 12th February 2014 users onsite in British Library reading rooms will be able to access the site from BL computer terminals. User feedback is welcomed and will be used to determine the business case for taking out a subscription to the site, so get yourselves down there if you are interested! Further information can be found

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British Library Doctoral Days

By Victoria Bird|November 21, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Have you just started your PhD? The British Library Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years. You will learn about the BL collections, find out how to access them, and meet expert staff and other researchers in your

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Hebrew manuscripts digitization project at the British Library

By Mary Fisk|November 7, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Archival collections, History, Religions|0 comments

1250 of the 3000 plus Hebrew manuscripts in the British Library’s collection are to be digitized over the next three years in a project mainly funded by the Polonsky Foundation. The selected manuscripts will showcase the “creativity and intense social activities” of the Eastern and Western Jewish communities over 1000 years and will be available on open-access in their entirety For more information on the scope and content of the

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British South Asian Theatre Memories

By Farzana Whitfield|February 11, 2013|Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image provided by FIPA, the Foundation for Indian Performing Arts, has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project that will explore the history of British South Asian Theatre since the 1970s. This one year oral history project will uncover a treasure of memories from key practitioners in the world of British South Asian Theatre.  Through these, we discover how Asian culture has contributed to the

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