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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894)

Thursday 10 July 2014 at 16:26

A science fiction novel by the incredibly wealthy businessman and member of the prominent Astor family, John Jacob Astor IV, in which he offers an imagining of life in the year 2000.


Julia Margaret Cameron in Ceylon: Idylls of Freshwater vs. Idylls of Rathoongodde

Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 17:01

Leaving her close-knit artistic community on the Isle of Wight at the age of sixty to join her husband on the coffee plantations of Ceylon was not an easy move for the celebrated British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Eugenia Herbert explores the story behind the move and how the new environment was to impact Cameron's art.


Flemish Mask Designs in the Grotesque Style (1555)

Tuesday 8 July 2014 at 16:58

A selection of stunning mask designs from the hand of Dutch engraver Frans Huys, rooted in the "grotesque" style and composed of shapes inspired from creaturely and vegetative forms (forming a style that would later become known as "auricular").


Manipulus Vocabulorum: a Rhyming Dictionary from the 16th Century

Thursday 3 July 2014 at 17:39

A facsimile edition from 1867 of the very first rhyming dictionary, produced by Peter Levins in 1570.


Palacio’s Plan for Colossal Monument to Columbus (1890)

Wednesday 2 July 2014 at 17:15

The truly gigantic monument planned by the Bilboan architect Alberto Palacio designed for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in honour of Christopher Columbus.


Markham’s Masterpiece

Tuesday 1 July 2014 at 12:22

U.S. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE - Michael J. North, Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in NLM's History of Medicine Division, takes a look at one of the most important books in the history of veterinary medicine - a seminal 17th-century work on the care of horses.


The Centaurs, a Fragment (1921)

Thursday 26 June 2014 at 14:39

The only surviving fragment of Winsor McCay's now lost The Centaurs, produced in 1921 by Rialto Productions.


Picturing Pyrotechnics

Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 17:07

Simon Werrett explores how artists through the ages have responded to the challenge of representing firework displays, from the highly politicised and allegorical renderings of the early modern period to Whistler's impressionistic Nocturne in Black and Gold.


The Man Who Recovered the Use of His Tongue, after Four Years Dumb, by means of a Frightful Dream (1747)

Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 16:30

An account of an interesting case involving a man from Wiltshire being cured from many years of speechlessness through the fright arising from a nightmare.


Flag Semaphore GIF

Friday 20 June 2014 at 14:49

Animated GIF created by Emily Beliveau, spelling out a very special message……