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All the news from the British Library. #MakingYourMark and #AMindinMotion now open: https://t.co/D8dSnm42zk. Our social media approach: https://t.co/pTGrYOq8iN

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@BridgemanLaura  On 28 February we welcome @mcashmanCBE  in conversation with @IanMcKellen  to mark the publication of Michael’s biography, One of Them. Tickets here: #LGBTQHM 

Since the summer, @Awate91  has been composing a musical piece using sound archive recordings, themed around diaspora experiences. Ahead of the performance of 'The Unearthed Odyssey' on 13 March, AWATE talked to us about what migration means to him.

Choose your own adventure with this month’s podcast. Meet young writers powering up their imaginations at @plymlibraries  and hear how Minecraft is opening up literary worlds: #AnythingButSilent 

Read a typescript first draft of Hanif Kureishi's screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, a ground-breaking exploration of race, class, politics and sexuality:

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The first paperback edition of Maurice by E M Forster. The novel was published posthumously in 1971, primarily because homosexuality remained illegal in Britain until 1967 #LGBTQHM 

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Fan of The Favourite? Read our blog about Sarah's correspondence with Anne recorded in the Blenheim papers: #LGBTQHM 

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Happy birthday Leonardo da Vinci, born #onthisday  in 1452. Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and owner of the most impeccable handwriting. Explore da Vinci's notebook, showing his 'mirror writing' moving from right to left, with #BLTreasures :

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Not that we have favourites or anything, but we really couldn't agree more with Miss Granger. #HappyBirthdayHermione ! #BLHarryPotter 

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You can always count on Fawkes to make an entrance. Our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition opens in 50 days! #BLHarryPotter 

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Happy birthday, Severus Snape! On loan from and drawn by the amazing Jim Kay, this portrait of the professor is on display in . Can you guess #BLHarryPotterwhat  the lilies by his hands might represent?

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Happy #Hanukkah ! The Jewish festival of lights starts tonight. A new candle is lit each day, as this image from a 12th-century Italian prayer book shows. Other customs include eating doughnuts, giving gifts and playing a traditional spinning top game.

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Our hearts go out to the staff and users of of Brazil. A reminder of the fragility and preciousness of our shared global heritage #MuseuNacional 

#EidMubarak to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Here is a beautiful Qur'an manuscript copied in Jerusalem in 792 AH (1390 CE). Find out more about our Qur'an manuscripts here

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