Monday, January 29, 2007

This is sad. The British Library was so cool (except their gift shop sucked) and they had so much there. They even had a lot of nifty technology ("Turning the Pages") to make the stuff they have more interesting and accessible. And just think about what they have:

· The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. The collection now includes 150m items, in most languages

· The earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra, of 868, can be seen in the exhibition galleries

· Also held are the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne gospels, Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook, the Times from 1788, Beatles manuscripts and a recording of Nelson Mandela's trial speech

I highly recommend you browse their online galleries because they are super cool. The maps, Alice in Wonderland, whatever. Just go, do their "turn the pages" feature and imagine all that stuff in one room.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Rosetta stone. a.

Anonymous said...

I love this sight. I can't believe we walked right by that building and did not go in. Next time. D

Emily said...

rosetta stone is at the british museum, which i imagine is way better funded.. but you never know. they do charge like $4 for maps.