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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……


The Prophecy of the Popes (15th Century)

Thursday 19 June 2014 at 17:28

Selection of gloriously surreal 15th-century miniatures depicting the Prophecy of the Popes.


A Treatise on Adulteration of Food and Culinary Poisons (1820)

Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 14:27

A groundbreaking work which marked the beginning of an awareness of need for food safety oversight.


The Physiognomy of Hands (1917)

Thursday 12 June 2014 at 18:18

Pages 317 and 318 from a book titled Analyzing character, the new science of judging men: misfits in business, the home and social life (1917) by Katherine M. H. Blackford, M.D. and Arthur Newcomb.


Moonblight and Six Feet of Romance: Dan Carter Beard’s Foray into Fiction

Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 14:44

An esoteric disease which reveals things in their true light; three pairs of disembodied feet galavanting about the countryside - Abigail Walthausen explores the brief but strange literary career of Daniel Carter Beard, illustrator for Mark Twain and a founding father of the Boy Scouts of America.


Mungo Park’s Travels in the Interior of Africa (1858)

Tuesday 10 June 2014 at 18:37

First published in 1799, this remarkable book is the Scottish explorer Mungo Park's account of his journey through Senegal and Mali to the central portion of the Niger River, the first time a Westerner is known to have reached such central regions.


Tesseract (2013)

Friday 6 June 2014 at 19:02

An ostrich runs inside a turning tesseract above the hands of a woman. Animated GIF created by Bill Domonkos.


Supporter Roll of Honour

Thursday 5 June 2014 at 17:43

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