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What is Magna Carta?
 
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Why is this old piece of parchment considered to be such a powerful symbol of our rights and freedoms? Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation takes you back to medieval times, when England under the reign of Bad King John. It asks why Magna Carta was originally created and what it meant to those living in the 13th century. Find out more about Magna Carta at the British Library’s website – http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta
Views: 537866 The British Library
800 Years of Magna Carta
 
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Over the centuries Magna Carta has influenced kings and statesmen, lawyers and lawmakers, prisoners, Chartists and Suffragettes. Narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this animation explores Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy. Find out more about Magna Carta at the British Library’s website – http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta
Views: 62439 The British Library
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: I Chart the Library
 
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This event was part of the British Library's Beautiful Science events season 2014. Festival of the Spoken Nerd: stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney, and experiments maestro Steve Mould hosted an evening event exploring the laughs, graphs and gaffs of science. An outstanding set of guest geeks including citizen science gurus Erinma Ochu, Jonathan Swinton, and the BL's own data visualisation experts gave the audience an opportunity to get down and dirty with data in live experiments, and hear the backstory to the Beautiful Science exhibition. http://www.bl.uk/science
Views: 52156 The British Library
William Blake's radicalism
 
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Iain Sinclair explores the historical background to William Blake's radical writings. Filmed on the South Bank of the River Thames, Vauxhall, London. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 34462 The British Library
Wuthering Heights: Fantasy and realism
 
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Professor John Bowen considers Emily Brontë's combination of fantasy and reality in Wuthering Heights and the way in which fairy tale and Gothic elements 'haunt the edges' of the novel. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 23534 The British Library
William Blake's spiritual visions
 
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Iain Sinclair visits William Blake's grave and discusses the spiritual visions that made up such a significant part of his life and work. Filmed at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, London. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 41174 The British Library
The Gothic
 
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Professor John Bowen discusses key motifs in Gothic novels, including the uncanny, the sublime and the supernatural. Filmed at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 114557 The British Library
Jane Austen: Class and marriage
 
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Professor Kathryn Sutherland discusses the importance of marriage and its relationship to financial security and social status for women in Jane Austen's novels. Filmed at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 12848 The British Library
Jane Eyre: Bertha Mason
 
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Professor John Bowen explores the character of Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre, revealing the depths of her character and the context in which Charlotte Brontë created her. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 20303 The British Library
William Blake's printing process
 
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Michael Phillips demonstrates William Blake's printing process, explaining how it relates to his work as a poet and artist. More information about William Blake’s printing process is available on Michael Phillips’s website: http://www.williamblakeprints.co.uk Filmed at Morley College, London. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 43021 The British Library
Jane Austen: The novel and social realism
 
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Professor Kathryn Sutherland discusses the ground-breaking nature of Austen's use of social realism and her focus on the mundanity of everyday life. Filmed at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 23205 The British Library
Jane Eyre: Fairytale and realism
 
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Professor John Bowen explains how Charlotte Brontë combines fairytale, Gothic techniques and realism to give Jane Eyre its unique power. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 13302 The British Library
Wuthering Heights: Violence and cruelty
 
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Professor John Bowen explores Emily Brontë's extraordinary use of violence in Wuthering Heights. Filmed on location on the moors around Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 12027 The British Library
Jane Austen: Gender and morality
 
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Professor Kathryn Sutherland considers Jane Austen's portrayal of female characters and her harshly moralistic outlook. Filmed at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 10285 The British Library
John Coplin and the Rolls-Royce RB211
 
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In the following video clip, filmed at the Rolls-Royce heritage centre in Derby, Chief Designer John Coplin discusses the early history of the Rolls-Royce RB211 jet engine. For more audio and video interview extracts from John Coplin, visit the Voices of Science website: www.bl.uk/voices-of-science/interviewees/john-coplin
Views: 28885 The British Library
Jane Eyre: The role of women
 
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Professor John Bowen explores the central role of women in Jane Eyre and the unique role of the governess in 19th-century society. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 19356 The British Library
Virginia Woolf’s 'Mrs Dalloway'
 
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Professor Elaine Showalter explores modernity, consciousness, gender and time in Virginia Woolf’s ground-breaking work, 'Mrs Dalloway'. The film is shot around the streets of London, as well as at the British Library and at Gordon Square in Bloomsbury where Virginia and her siblings lived in the early 20th century. The film offers rare glimpses into the manuscript draft of the novel. Explore more films, together with hundreds of literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website: http://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature #DiscoverLiterature
Views: 29578 The British Library
Jane Austen's manuscripts
 
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Professor Kathryn Sutherland explores Jane Austen's manuscripts, discussing the significance of her dense handwriting and lack of punctuation. Filmed at the British Library. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 15322 The British Library
Gender in 19th Century Britain
 
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Kathryn Hughes explores the role of women in middle class Victorian society. Highlighting the conflicted and restrained behaviour expected of women between being learned but not too intelligent, beautiful but not sexual, Kathryn reveals the expectations on 19th-century women. She also explains how women such as Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning managed to challenge those expectations. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature
Views: 84574 The British Library
Wuthering Heights: Landscape
 
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Professor John Bowen discusses the harshness of the landscape around Haworth and the central part it plays in the writings of the Brontë sisters. Filmed on location on the moors around Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 9110 The British Library
Calotype Paper Photographic Process
 
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Demo by Michael Gray
Views: 45078 The British Library
The Brontës' early writings: Combining fantasy and fact
 
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Professor John Bowen and Ann Dinsdale discuss the fantasy worlds of Gondal and Angria, created by the Brontë children, and the lasting influence of these on the sisters' later novels. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 9313 The British Library
The origins of A Christmas Carol
 
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Michael Slater explains the background to Charles Dickens's novel, A Christmas Carol, reveals his reasons for writing it and discusses its monumental success. Filmed at the Charles Dickens Museum, London. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 132748 The British Library
Registering with the Library
 
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Here's a quick guide to registering to use the British Library.
Views: 85362 The British Library
Jane Austen: Public and private space
 
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Professor Kathryn Sutherland considers the depiction of public and private spaces in Jane Austen's novels. Filmed at Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 11375 The British Library
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion - Defining Propaganda
 
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Defining propaganda: propaganda is a controversial and contested word, its definition has shifted over time and even today we argue about its meaning. David Welch, Noam Chomsky, Alastair Campbell, and John Pilger introduce the concepts behind our exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. www.bl.uk/propaganda
Views: 21579 The British Library
Wuthering Heights: Who is Heathcliff?
 
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Professor John Bowen discusses the enigmatic Heathcliff, from his early appearance as a rejected child, to his return as a powerful and violent antihero. Filmed on location on the moors around Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 14247 The British Library
A short history of James Cook and his voyages
 
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Come with us on Cook's world-changing expeditions. Trace their routes and find out the ambitious aims behind them. Continue your journey into their impact and legacy on our website: https://www.bl.uk/the-voyages-of-captain-james-cook And explore the stories, art and maps of those who were there in our James Cook: The Voyages exhibition: https://www.bl.uk/events/james-cook-the-voyages
Views: 19210 The British Library
The Governess
 
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Kathryn Hughes explains the role of the governess in 19th-century society and literature. Find out more about the duties of a governess, the types of women employed, who employed them, and why their position in middle class households was often lonely and awkward. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature
Views: 15330 The British Library
Using the Reading Rooms
 
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Here's a quick guide to getting started in the Reading Rooms
Views: 16922 The British Library
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy
 
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To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual freedoms. From its genesis through to today’s popular culture, uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused – in the largest exhibition ever staged about Magna Carta. Discover the history, and challenge the myth, of one of the world’s most famous documents through iconic documents and artefacts, including two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s copy of the US Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, stunning paintings, maps, statues and royal relics. Exhibition open until 1 September 2015 Book now at http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta-exhibition #MagnaCarta
Views: 12389 The British Library
The world's oldest bible reunited online
 
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All 800 surviving pages from Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest surviving Christian bible, now freely available to scholars worldwide at www.codexsinaiticus.org New exhibition at the British Library tells the remarkable story of Codex Sinaiticus and reveals how cutting edge technology reunited the pages of the 1600-year-old manuscript
Views: 59912 The British Library
The Brontës: Life in Haworth
 
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Professor John Bowen and Ann Dinsdale discuss the poor sanitary conditions in Haworth in the 19th century and the mix of rural and industrial influences on the Brontë sisters and their writing. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature.
Views: 6450 The British Library
Making Manuscripts: Making Miniatures
 
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#PolonskyPre1200 How did medieval artists make their manuscripts shine? Patricia Lovett explores the work behind painting and embellishing manuscripts and reproduces a lavishly illuminated page. Explore illuminated manuscripts from the national libraries of the UK and France: https://www.bl.uk/medieval-english-french-manuscripts
Views: 1564 The British Library
Making Manuscripts: Oak Gall Ink
 
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#PolonskyPre1200 Why were wasps so important for medieval scribes? Patricia Lovett reveals the complex process behind making ink for writing in manuscripts. Explore illuminated manuscripts from the national libraries of the UK and France: https://www.bl.uk/medieval-english-french-manuscripts
Views: 1281 The British Library
Seto Machindranath festival, Nepal 1955-56
 
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The World and Traditional Music section of the British Library holds a unique collection of South Asian material recorded by Dutch ethnomusicologist Dr Arnold Adriaan Bake (1899-1963). This collection spans not only many decades but also many formats of audio and visual material including wax cylinders, tefi-bands, open reel tapes and 16mm black and white and colour silent films, providing a complex and detailed document of music and ritual in South Asia from the 1930s to the late 1950s. These edited highlights feature colour footage showing the dedication and worship related to the chariots and the precariousness as they are manually pulled through the streets during the Seto Machindranath festival. The mountains of Nepal can be seen on the horizon. Catalogue links: C52 Arnold Adriaan Bake Archive -- http://cadensa.bl.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=CKEY1801509 Film: C52/FO/67 C1 http://cadensa.bl.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=CKEY7492499 Audio: C52/NEP/5 C1 http://cadensa.bl.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=CKEY7481438 Audio: C52/NEP/9 C4 http://cadensa.bl.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=CKEY7481452 The recordings in this collection were edited together from non-synchronous film and audio recordings. In some cases there is no parallel audio resulting in silent film. All efforts to preserve the feel of these unique records have been made. The British Library has made these recordings available purely for the purposes of non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment. These recordings should not be altered or used in ways that might be derogatory to the indigenous and local communities who are traditional custodians of the traditional music, lyrics, knowledge, stories, performances and other creative materials embodied in the recordings.
Views: 7965 The British Library
Journey of a Collection Item
 
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Follow the journey of a collection item from arrival at the British Library until it reaches a Reader’s desk. Film by Joseph Turp Photography
Views: 5148 The British Library
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
 
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Discover the UK’s biggest ever Gothic exhibition at the British Library from 3 Oct 2014 to 20 Jan 2015. Two hundred rare objects trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre. From Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and Alexander McQueen, via posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit, experience the dark shadow the Gothic imagination has cast across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and our daily lives. Beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Gothic literature challenged the moral certainties of the 18th century. By exploring the dark romance of the medieval past with its castles and abbeys, its wild landscapes and fascination with the supernatural, Gothic writers placed imagination firmly at the heart of their work - and our culture. Iconic works, such as handwritten drafts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the modern horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the popular Twilight series, highlight how contemporary fears have been addressed by generation after generation. Terror and Wonder presents an intriguing glimpse of a fascinating and mysterious world. Experience 250 years of Gothic’s dark shadow. No real candles were used in the production of this film! www.bl.uk/gothic
Views: 22859 The British Library
Oliver Twist: Depicting Crime and Poverty
 
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Crime and poverty are two key themes in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist. Referencing Dickens’s original manuscripts, Professor John Bowen explains how Dickens used crime to excite the reader as well as provide a moralising tale of criminality. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature
Views: 8040 The British Library
Writing Wild Places
 
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'Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands' An exhibition at the British Library, 11 May -- 25 September 2012 With Simon Armitage, Sara Maitland, Robert Macfarlane, Owen Sheers The exhibition features over 150 literary works, including many first-time loans from overseas and directly from authors: sound recordings, videos, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings - as well as manuscripts and printed editions. www.bl.uk/writingbritain #writingbritain
Views: 6631 The British Library
Writing Waterlands
 
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'Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands' An exhibition at the British Library, 11 May -- 25 September 2012 With Graham Swift, Alice Oswald, Owen Sheers, Robert Macfarlane The exhibition features over 150 literary works, including many first-time loans from overseas and directly from authors: sound recordings, videos, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings - as well as manuscripts and printed editions. www.bl.uk/writingbritain #writingbritain
Views: 4033 The British Library
Simon Callow on Dickens as a Performer
 
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Actor Simon Callow discusses Charles Dickens as a performer. He was the most famous man in the world during his lifetime!
Views: 3882 The British Library
Michael Rosen on children's games
 
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Introduced by Michael Rosen, Playtimes is a new British Library website that features unique audio recordings and film footage of children's games from 1900 to the present day. www.bl.uk/playtimes
Views: 9794 The British Library
The Middle Classes
 
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Kathryn Hughes explores the role of the middle class in Victorian society. From economics and social structures to Christian values and life in the home, discover how the Victorian class system operated and what was expected from each level of the hierarchy. Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library's Discovering Literature website - http://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature
Views: 17143 The British Library
British Library Highlights
 
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Watch the British Library Highlights film. It showcases notable and innovative developments and achievements from 2013. http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/annrep/highlights2014/index.html
Views: 7579 The British Library
Riding the robots – Inside the British Library
 
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Mechanical curators at work inside the new British Library Newspaper Building in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, now home to 33 kms and 60 million issues of the nation’s newspaper collection. For more information on the British Library’s new 2015-23 vision visit http://www.bl.uk/living-knowledge #LivingKnowledge
Views: 8366 The British Library
John Scott-Scott: Black Arrow, the British-built satellite launch vehicle
 
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In this interview, filmed at the Rolls Royce Heritage Centre in Derby, Mechanical, Aeronautic and Maritime Engineer John Scott-Scott discusses the British-built satellite launch vehicle Black Arrow. For more audio and video interview extracts from John Scott-Scott, visit the Voices of Science website: www.bl.uk/voices-of-science/interviewees/john-scott-scott
Views: 2793 The British Library
The impact of Magna Carta in the 13th century
 
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Professor David Carpenter and Professor Nicholas Vincent explore the survival of Magna Carta after King John’s death, considering its numerous reissues during the reign of King Henry III, and its influence on the creation of Parliament. Find out more about Magna Carta at the British Library’s website – http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta
Views: 2366 The British Library
Georgians Revealed - Curator Introduction
 
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Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed? Join Georgians Revealed curator Moira Goff as she chassés her way round London, bringing to life, the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain forever. Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain is on until the 11 March 2014. Find out more and book your tickets here: http://bit.ly/HLnCTz Share this video on Twitter and Facebook using @britishlibrary #BLGeorgians
Views: 17287 The British Library
Extract from ‘Gèlèdé: A Yoruba masquerade’
 
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Copyright © Mark Harper, Jane Harper and Ali Harper Shelfmark Ref: Peggy Harper Collection C1074/41 Explore this video further at http://www.bl.uk/west-africa/articles/spirit-histories-of-religion-and-the-word
Views: 5768 The British Library