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The British Library Photo Stream
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The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, which we encourage you to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library's desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to begin working with researchers to explore and interpret large scale digital collections.

The first set we have added come from a British Library Labs project dubbed the Mechanical Curator, which located more than a million images from within our digitised collection of over 65,000 books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Over time more public domain collections will be added.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
History
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Diagram/Illustration
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British Library
Date Added:
10/26/2015
Campaign! Make an Impact
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Campaign! Make an Impact is an innovative initiative that uses history to inspire young people into active citizenship. This cross-curricular programme uses historical campaigns to inspire and teach campaign skills, enabling children and young people to run their own campaigns about issues that affect them today. It’s based around a three step model which can be found on this website.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Campaign for Abolition
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This resource allows you to explore a range of sources from the campaign for the abolition of slavery that began in 1787 - you will be able to look at minutes from the meetings of the Abolition Committee and to examine first hand, eye witness accounts of slavery. It will become clear that the issues of equality, justice and tolerance raised and explored by the resources are just as relevant today as they were two centuries ago. You might feel that the need for campaigns is also just as great. This resource therefore also outlines a series of activities that investigate what made the Abolition campaign so successful and what still makes a successful campaign today.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Dickens in Context
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These resources will allow you to investigate the key themes of Dickens's novels alongside original source material from the British Library. Literary manuscripts, newspapers, letters, workhouse menus and many more fascinating collection items will help students open up the social, cultural and political context in which Dickens was writing. This website includes performances by Simon Callow and discussions by Professor of English, John Mullan, filmed at the Charles Dickens Museum, London.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Dictionaries and Meanings
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This site traces the history of English dictionaries from the 1500s to the present day. You can examine how words change their meaning over time, and how scholars have argued over ideas of 'correct' spellings. We have included extracts from a whole range of dictionaries: from 16th century spelling lists and the first English dictionary ever written; from lexicons of criminal slang and Georgian swear words; from Dr Johnson's famous dictionary of 1755; from dictionaries of Caribbean English and Yiddish; and from the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Empire - British Library Texts
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This collection of sources illustrates different aspects of colonial life in India and Africa over the past four centuries. It includes photographs, reminiscences, advertisements, phrasebooks and records of trading transactions. By focusing on a British perspective rather than the voices of the colonised, we have attempted to reflect the way that England saw itself in this period of history, and to show how language reveals the attitudes and opinions of Empire.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Filth and Fever in Victorian England - British Library Sources
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, poor sanitation and health care and inappropriate living conditions meant that the life expectancy of Britain's population was low and three in twenty babies died before their first birthday. Campaigners around the country sought legislation that would save thousands of lives every year. This resource allows you to explore a range of sources from this campaign - from cartoons published in Punch magazine to statistical data gathered by the very first health inspectors. Detailed information about each source is available, as are biographies of the campaign's key figures and a timeline and glossary.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Food Stories Interactive - Food Culture and the UK
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The Food Stories interactive, designed primarily for KS3 and KS4 citizenship and geography students, traces the amazing changes that have taken place in the UK's food culture over the last century. Play with colourful animations and listen to audio interviews from the British Library Sound Archive to investigate the ways in which food relates to identity, cultural diversity, the environment, technology, farming, shopping, travel and much more.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
The Georgian Period - British Library Sources
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The population of Britain grew rapidly during the Georgian period, from around five million people in 1700 to nearly nine million by 1801. It was a time of extreme luxury and extreme poverty, of burgeoning consumer culture and the birth of industrialisation; of spectacular entertainments from exhibitions of giants and exotic animals to public hangings. Explore the newspapers, books, illustrations, posters and political reports of the time to find out more.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Interactive History Timeline: Sources from History
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This British Library interactive timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day. It includes a diverse combination of texts: those that allow glimpses of everyday life (handbills, posters, letters, diaries), remnants of political events (charters, speeches, campaign leaflets), and the writings of some of our best known historical and literary figures. Timelines is a fantastic resource for learning about culture, politics, technology and everyday life through the ages.

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Arts and Humanities
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Poetry and Performance
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During The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library, well-known figures perform readings of poetry by some of Britain and America’s most distinguished poets. Here you can access the audio recordings of these events, explore the connection between the poets' lives and their work, study interpretations of their poetry and access suggested classroom activities.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK
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The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, each evidence of our society’ s continuity and change, our local history and our day-to-day lives. This site captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the twentieth century. You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
The Struggle for Democracy
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In 1928, men and women were given equal voting rights for the first time. Explore British Library sources to find out about the Chartists, Suffragists and Suffragettes who campaigned for this right.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
British Library
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
10/20/2011
World War One
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Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. Explore a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by historians, teachers' notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict.

Collection items featured on this site have been contributed by Europeana 1914-1918 institutions.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. We hold over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library also offers exhibitions, events and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including The Lindisfarne Gospel, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio, lyrics by The Beatles and the world’s earliest dated printed book, Diamond Sutra.

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U.S. History
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Lesson Plan
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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British Library
Date Added:
08/03/2018
The voyages of Captain James Cook
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The expeditions of James Cook shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world, and had far-reaching consequences for the people of the lands they touched. Explore the stories, art and maps of the artists and scientists who were on board the ships. Our digital collection items include drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia.

You’ll also find modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented and learned from. These reflect the different perspectives that exist on the legacy of the voyages and their impact.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. We hold over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library also offers exhibitions, events and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including The Lindisfarne Gospel, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio, lyrics by The Beatles and the world’s earliest dated printed book, Diamond Sutra.

Subject:
World Cultures
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
British Library
Date Added:
08/08/2018