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William Henry Fox Talbot, who died #onthisday in 1877, was a pioneer of photography.
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The first photographic technologies produced during the 1830s and 40s meant that for the first time, images of ‘real’ life could be captured for posterity and sent around the world.
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Talbot produced his first ‘photogenic drawings’ in 1834 without a camera, by placing objects onto paper brushed with light-sensitive silver chloride, which he then exposed to sunlight. By 1840, he had succeeded in producing photogenic drawings in a camera, with short exposures yielding an invisible or ‘latent’ image that could be developed to produce a usable negative. This was introduced as the calotype in 1841. This particularly striking view here was made at Talbot’s family home at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire around 1842-43.
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His negative-positive process was to form the basis of almost all photography on paper until the advent of the digital age. #BLTreasures


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From Charlotte Brontë to a cake fit for a queen. Take a closer look at some of the items Fiona Bruce encountered when she picked her Treasures of the British Library with Sky Arts. Click the link in our bio for more.
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(Brontë images © Brontë Parsonage Museum)


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Excited about our upcoming #BLAngloSaxons exhibition? Tune in from 16.00 tomorrow as Alison joins us for #AskACurator. Stuck for what to ask? Maybe this will inspire Medieval Manuscripts fans... Send us your questions!


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Today we continue to introduce you to our curators taking part in #AskACurator Day tomorrow. Jonnie will be over on our Twitter account from 14.00 to answer your musings about all-things spoken English. (It’s going to be bostin’.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Send us your questions!


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Meet Felicity, our Lead Curator of Western Prints & Drawings. She'll be over on twitter on 12 September, 12.00 - 13.00 to answer your #AskACurator questions. What would you like to know?


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Wonder what it's like to curate our collections? We're sure Elias's answers will be music to your ears. Send us your questions for #AskACurator Day!


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It’s that time of the year again. We’ll be taking part in #AskACurator over on Twitter this Wednesday. Here’s our plan for the day so send us your questions and we’ll put as many to our curators as we can! (Stay tuned to find out more about the curators taking part...)


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Tickets for our autumn season of events are now on general sale. Click the link in our bio to see what's coming up.


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Welcome... fashion designers inspired by our collection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@nabilnayal
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This season we are proud to announce our collaboration with @britishlibrary - we have been exploring their archives to inform our SS19 collection. The collaboration is part of a broader initiative to celebrate the rich archives available at the library, which will see Nabil hold master classes later this year.
NABIL NAYAL Presentation at The British Library | 18/09/2018 | @britishfashioncouncil @londonfashionweek
Video: @kvmithani
Music: @nickrice5


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This summer we’ve loved celebrating 20 years of welcomes with you at St Pancras. Here’s to the next 20. Come on in, the Library is #ForEveryone.


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Splendid. Skilled. Sumptuous. The three volumes of the strikingly illuminated Lisbon Bible includes all 24 books of the Hebrew Bible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Completed in 1482, the Lisbon Bible is a testimony to the rich cultural life the Portuguese Jews. Samuel ben Samuel Ibn Musa, known as Samuel the Scribe, copied the biblical text in an elegant square script for the manuscript's patron, Yosef ben Yehudah al-Hakim, while the decorations were created by a team of skilled artists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Click the link in our bio to turn the pages with #BLTreasures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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'This City now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare'
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#Onthisday in 1802, William Wordsworth completed his poem 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge'. Click the link in our bio for more.
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Image © @wordsworthtrust


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