Literature & Music

Explore Britain's rich literary and musical heritage with events, features, news and web resources collected from hundreds of museums, archives, historic properties and libraries across the UK .

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Vicious, debased and blasphemous: Oxford academic uncovers scandalous side of Greek epic

An Oxford academic has uncovered a new, bloodier and far more scandalous side to the Theban chapter of what is known, along with the Trojan War and others, as the Epic Cycle.

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World's oldest handwritten parchment letter heads to London for exhibition of philatelic treasures

Some of the world’s oldest and most historic letters are coming to London for Europhilex, a dazzling free display of precious philatelic treasures.

Cats and books to bake-offs and bread: 20 of Orkney Library's best tweets on Twitter

Stewart Bain, the man behind the Orkney Library account which is renowned as one of the funniest on Twitter, picks 20 of his favourite jokes from two years of tickled followers.

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Wordsworth the War Poet emerges from the Napoleonic war clouds in Wordsworth, War and Waterloo in Grasmere

As Wordsworth, War & Waterloo opens at the Wordsworth Museum, Culture24 talks to Wordsworth expert Professor Simon Bainbridge about the great Lake District Romantic as a war poet.

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Rare books by Blake, Carroll and de Sade emerge from Edinburgh collection for Surrealist display

Rare copies of books by William Blake, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this spring as part of an exploration of the Surrealist......

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Family of Agatha Christie reveal fan letters author replied to in author's 125th birthday year

See the series of exchanges between Agatha Christie and her adoring fans, including a letter from a woman who spent more than a decade in a Romanian prison.

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Rarest edition of Alice in Wonderland goes on show, plus five to see for World Book Day

See the rarest edition of Alice's Adventures, going on show for one day only in Edinburgh, plus four other places where you can celebrate books today and beyond.

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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage and challenge the Pope discovered in Cornwall

A book that helped Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall.

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What did Robert Burns look like? Burns Birthplace Museum on the many faces of The Bard

From a forensic reconstruction to a Lego re-imagining, the Robert Burns birthplace Museum is investigating the many faces of Scotland's favourite son.

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Millions of images from the world’s endangered archives made available online

The British Library is marking ten years of its groundbreaking Endangered Archives Programme by making over four million images from endangered archives all over the world available online.

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Shakespeare's last home to rise again in tale of Warwickshire schoolboy made good

New Place and Nash's House, where William Shakespeare's family lived for 19 years, have been awarded £1.8 million in funding ahead of the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Ian Rankin to launch £250,000 fundraising bid for vast archive of post-war author Muriel Spark

The National Library of Scotland will complete its 46-metre Muriel Spark archive, formed by the Edinburgh author's personal hoard, if a high-profile fundraising bid succeeds.

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Life before Google: Dundee library reveals questions asked by public 70 years before seach engines

Inspired by a recent discovery at New York Public Library, librarians in Dundee found index cards of some of the questions asked by the public 70 years ago. Knickers and knickerbockers feature.

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