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Not your average musical score… This collection of sacred music complete with golden detail and floral decoration, was compiled by a single scribe between about 1415 and 1421. In the early 1420s additional leaves were inserted by other writers, resulting in a repertory which is now the most important source for our knowledge of early harmony music in England.
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The manuscript identifies a number of the composers, including one 'Roy Henry', who is most likely to have been Henry V. Click the link in our bio to explore online or see it on display in our Treasures Gallery – free and open daily.


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‘Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.’
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Charlotte Brontë’s preface to the second edition of Jane Eyre defends the novel against the ‘carping few’ who criticised its frank portrayal of complicated sexual and romantic relationships, unconventional Christianity, and Jane Eyre’s outspoken views. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hear writer Laurie Penny’s thoughts on the novel today in our podcast #AnythingButSilent – click the link in our bio to subscribe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(Shelfmark 12654.bb.1.)


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If you look closely enough, you'll find that typography is everywhere. Can you see how ‘British Library’ is repeated in strokes that thicken from light to extra bold on these iconic gates designed by David Kindersley and Lida Lopes Cardozo?
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Explore different takes on typography in our #MakingYourMark exhibition. See how they illustrate the power of writing to allow us to make a lasting creative mark of our own.
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📷: @taphotografik
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#writing #historyofwriting #typography #design #britishlibrary #architecture #lettering


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Due to popular demand we’ve added extra evening opening times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for Leonardo da Vinci: #AMindinMotion.
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See inside the mind of Leonardo through his extraordinary notebooks. Book now to avoid disappointment (and if you can tear yourself away from staring at Leonardo's thought experiment – a perpetual motion wheel. In reality the wheel would always come to a stop and Leonardo concluded that the whole idea of perpetual motion is just a mirage). Click link in bio to book. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Animation inspired by Codex Arundel MS 263, f. 44v


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'In this show we'll strip back theatrics; an authentic energy becomes our central character and will tell much of the story.'
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A fashion show in a library. That’s right, you heard correctly. We're excited for designer @_charlesjeffrey’s LOVERBOY SS20 showcase taking place at the Library this evening. Amazing show set against the backdrop of the spectacular King’s Library, and which even included a stunning spoken word performance inspired by items held in the Library’s collection. Delighted to have been able to host the event.
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#lfwm #lfwm19 #lfwm19 #charlesjeffrey #charlesjeffreyloverboy #britishfashioncouncil #fashion #fashionshow


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We’re proud to be flying the rainbow flag at our site in Boston Spa ahead of #YorkPride tomorrow. Give us a wave in the parade or come and visit our stall in the Knavesmire! #pride #yorkpride #foreveryone #thelibraryisopen @yorkpride


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Leonardo da Vinci: #AMindinMotion is now open! In the 500th anniversary year of the death of Leonardo, we bring together highlights from three of his remarkable notebooks for the first time in the UK. Who else is more than a little excited?
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Inspired by the Codex Arundel MS 263, ff. 167v-162r, this animation shows a practical experiment in which Leonardo used a glass-sided tank to study the movement and patterns of water gushing down a sequence of steps. See the original sketch on display in the exhibition. Book your tickets by clicking the link in our bio.
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Exhibition in partnership with @automobilipininfarinaofficial
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(Sound from the Library’s Wildlife Collection 07/32, recorded at Brook Chine, Isle of Wight)


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Leonardo da Vinci: #AMindinMotion opens tomorrow!
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We’re so excited to be able to bring together highlights from three of Leonardo’s remarkable notebooks for the first time in the UK. Here’s a sneak peek at how things are shaping up in the exhibition gallery.
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Through pages of Leonardo’s handwritten notes, drawings and diagrams, prepare to explore the inner workings of his complex mind and his fascination with motion – which Leonardo considered to be ‘the cause of all life’. #Leonardo500
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Tickets only £7 / Members go free
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Exhibition in partnership with @automobilipininfarinaofficial


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The sentence that set you on a new path. The library book you struggled to take back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Writer @lauriepenny joins our podcast #AnythingButSilent to tell us about the book that changed her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Which piece of writing made you?


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The Leonardo effect…
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You might notice something a little different on the Piazza today. @automobilipininfarinaofficial, who are partnering with us for Leonardo da Vinci: #AMindinMotion, (opens tomorrow) and who share in share in celebrating the spirit of curiosity, motion and innovation highlighted in our new exhibition, are
displaying the world’s first pure electric luxury hypercar at our site in St Pancras. Come and take a look for yourself! #Leonardo500 #Battista
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Photo credit: @taphotografik


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Prepare to jump into the future... see how traditional materials are combined with cutting–edge digital technologies in our #ImaginaryCities exhibition; remixing images and live data from the Library’s digital collection of historic urban maps into fictional cityscapes for the Information Age.

Click the link in our bio to find out more!


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#EidMubarak to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Here is a beautiful Qur'an manuscript copied in Jerusalem in 792 AH (1390 CE). Find out more about our Qur'an manuscripts by clicking the link in our bio.


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