Thursday, April 14, 2011

Festival of Britain

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, which opened on 3 May 1951. The purpose of the festival was to show the world the British contribution to civilisation - past, present and future - in the arts, in science and in industrial design. The festival signalled Britain's revival after the war and aimed to present to the world and its own people a modern Britain, building a better future.
Festival events took place across Great Britain, ranging from village fetes and local arts festivals to an exhibition of heavy industry in Glasgow and a live architecture exhibition in east London. London's South Bank was the focus of festival celebrations where 22 pavilions told the story of the British people and their achievements. Memorable features included the futuristic Dome of Discovery, the striking 'Skylon' structure and the newly constructed Royal Festival Hall.
The Library is currently displaying a number of original catalogues from the Festival in the top floor display case, all showcasing the distinction Festival of Britain typographic style. The National Archives has also released a podcast that explores the history and legacy of the Festival

Friday, April 08, 2011


Pinterest is a virtual pinboard tool that allows you to gather together that images that inspire you. You can organise your boards into different categories, such as projects, formats or materials.

Number Ephemera

Tumblr site dedicated to numbered ephermera.

Nigel Peake at Analogue Books

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Connected Histories

Connected Histories provides a single point of access to a wide range of distributed digital resources relating to early modern and nineteenth-century British history. With the click of a mouse, researchers can find rich bodies of evidence for virtually any topic in British history; whether royal weddings, parliamentary reform movements, famous criminals, or the lives of plebeian Londoners. The Connected Histories website is fully searchable and provides access to millions of pages of text, hundreds of thousands of words and tens of thousands maps and images.

Music Treasures Consortium

The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives. Researchers can search or browse materials and view digital images.


Monographie des picidées [the Woodpecker Book] by Alfred Malherbe, 1859-1862. via Bibliodyssey.

Illustrated Picture Books

Illustrated picture books 1810-1950 from the collections of Dutch libraries.