Tag Archives: British Library

British Library at the Hong Kong Literature Festival

(2 November 2018) The life, work and literary legacy of Oscar Wilde will be centre-stage at a special event taking place at Hong Kong International Literary Festival on 4 November 2018. The British Library Session will feature renowned theatre directors Tang Shu-wing and Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe), Dr Marco Wang of […]


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15,000 images of Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta now online

(17 September 2018) The Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project, generously supported by Mr S P Lohia, aims to digitise 75 manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the British Library, and provide free online access through the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. Full sets of the digital images will also be presented to the Archives […]


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Archives of South Asian oral history housed in India

(14 July 2018, New Delhi) Hundreds of rare ethnographic sound recordings, including parables, songs, hymns, instrumental music, and poems, made their way to India as part of a collaborative project between British Library and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE). The project, entitled South Asian Audiovisual Heritage, aims at preserving these historic recordings and […]


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British Library to develop shared open access repository services

(2 July 2018) The British Library, working with a group of cultural and memory organisations, is piloting a shared repository service for research content built on an open source platform. The repository aims to increase the visibility and impact of research outputs, making the knowledge generated by cultural institutions easier to explore and use for […]


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Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship at the British Library

(11 June 2018) The British Library announces the call for applications to the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship 2018-19. Awarded by the Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT), the fellowship will be offered to an early to mid-career India-based scholar to work at the British Library. This Fellowship opportunity will involve working with the British Library’s […]


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British Library vacancy: Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

(20 April 2018) The British library wishes to appoint a project manager to develop and manage the externally-funded Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project, which will deliver full digitisation of approximately 800 Chinese manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra from the British Library’s Stein Collection.  The project manager will use traditional and innovative methodologies to create content […]


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Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project launched by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X

(21 March 2018) On 20 March 2018 Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, visited the British Library to launch the Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project. Through the generous support of Mr S P Lohia, over the next twelve months 75 Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the […]


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A project from Bhutan

(14 December 2017) On 17 December 1907, Ugyen Wangchuk, the first Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King), was coronated and the Kingdom of Bhutan has marked this day ever since as its National Day. The British Library has some photographs of Ugyen Wangchuk when he was crown prince dating from 1905, which were taken by John Claude […]


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British Library hiring Digital Content Manager – China Project

(24 October 2017) As part of an ambitious programme of cultural exchange with partner institutions across China, the British Library has recently launched its first Chinese language website. Presented in traditional and simplified Chinese, the site introduces users to over 30 iconic works of English literature from the medieval period to the present day and […]


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British Library to investigate possibility of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries

(30 August 2017) The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for and possible shape of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries. Funded by Arts Council England and the Carnegie UK Trust, the project will investigate user expectations and demand for what a national online platform for […]


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Announcing the new British Library Research Data Strategy

(25 August 2017) With the support of a Research Data Strategy since 2010, the Library has been active in services for research data for a number of years. This work has included European-funded projects such as ODE, ODIN and THOR; Providing the DataCite UK service and involvement in other activities such as data discovery and […]


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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]


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33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is […]


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Bound for China: Shakespeare, Sherlock and Charlotte Brontë

Ten of the British Library’s most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging programme of cultural exchange between the UK’s national Library and partner institutions in China. (23 March 2017) Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library is a joint exhibition at the National […]


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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]


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