Wednesday, October 10, 2018

British Library's Own Internet Round-up

This may seem to you like cheating, but these are too good not to check out. 


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They are the British Library's collection of blogs. A group of interesting, knowledgeable blogs all in one place. You could say they are its own "internet Round-Up".

One blog is perfect for SCA book artists. It's their Medieval Manuscripts Blog. This blog promotes the British Library's manuscript curatorial works. Including their medieval historical and literary manuscripts, charters and seals, and early modern manuscripts. The blog topics range from Homer to the Codex Sinaiticus, from Beowulf to Chaucer, and from the Magna Carta to the papers of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It also provides updates on the Library's digitization projects, current research, and their exhibition programs.

I enjoy particularly enjoy the Medieval Manuscripts' Blog post's caption competitions. In it, they give you a manuscript image and readers tweet their captions for it. The blog writer then later posts the best responses. Often humorous, some are inspiring.  

You may also like the blog's featured manuscript posts. They are interesting for the unique manuscripts presented and their close-up images.

Another is the British Library's  Maps and Views Blog, also often relevant to what we do as scribes. The Library's map collection is the world’s second largest, numbering 4.5+ million spreading of over 2,000 years.

Two interesting Maps and View Blog posts you want to see are The Virtual Mappa Project: Online Editions of Medieval Maps... and  Maps in GCSE resource cupboards.

These are the British Library's two blogs if you're in the SCA are a must read. Their other blogs occasionally do as well.  If you haven't already, I'm sure you'll add them to your reader app and follow them regularly.

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