Tag Archives: British Library

Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths from British Library

(23 Sep 2019) British Library’s new website highlights the Library’s remarkable collection of sacred texts. It features the six most-practised faiths in the UK – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as a number of other faiths. Including over 250 digitised collection items, short films and articles, examine the richness and diversity […]


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Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta digitisation project completed

 (1 Apr 2019) Over 30,000 digital images of Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, are now fully accessible online through the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. The project, generously supported by Mr S P Lohia, has digitised 75 Javanese manuscripts held in the British Library from the collections of John Crawfurd and Colin Mackenzie, who both […]


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British and Chinese library leaders to share knowledge in Chengdu

UK-China Library Forum meets in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 27-28 March 2019 Leaders of ten UK public libraries, with the British Library, meet their counterparts from ten Chinese libraries to share knowledge, experience and best practice Latest stage of the three-year HM Treasury-funded British Library in China: Connecting Through Culture and Learning programme (26 March […]


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Classical Central Asia in the digital age: three newly-digitised Navoiy manuscripts at the British Library

(7 February 2019) Thanks to a partnership between the British Library and the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature named Alisher Navoiy, three manuscripts including the poetical works of Alisher Navoiy are now available online. These three items are the first Chagatai-language texts to be uploaded to the Library’s digitised manuscript holdings, a […]


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Introducing an experimental format for learning about content mining for digital scholarship

(7 December 2018) This post by the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, Dr Mia Ridge, reports on an experimental format designed to provide more flexible and timely training on fast-moving topics like text and data mining. This post covers two topics – firstly, an update to the established format of sessions on […]


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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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