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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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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Scrap of paper at Benjamin Britten's home shows start of Wilfred Owen inspiration for War Requiem

A scrap of paper found by chance at the huge archive of Benjamin Britten, in Aldeburgh, could represent the moment when the composer found inspiration for the famous choral work.

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Curator's Choice: Louisa Price on The Little Wooden Midshipman at the Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens described "affectionately patting" his "old acquaintance" - a sign which guarded a shop in London's bustling shopping quarter 150 years ago.

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Culture24's top ten literary history and heritage stories of 2014

From a note left by Jane Austen to the dirty doodles left in some of our most priceless tomes, here's our top ten of the most popular literary history stories on Culture24.org.uk during 2014.

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Peter Pan birthplace to become Scottish Centre for Children's Stories after winning £1.8 million

The house that inspired JM Barrie to pen the children's novel Peter Pan has received a £1.8 million Lottery grant, which will see it transformed into a children's literature centre.

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Archive discovery confirms George Orwell really lived the low life for his reportage

A court record unearthed in a London archive details George Orwell's 1931 conviction for being ‘drunk and incapable’ and lends foundation to the lore surrounding Orwell’s truthfulness as a......

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Artist's Statement: Susie Parr on the Black Country Allotment Society

Susie Parr teams up with Multistory in Sandwell to produce nine essays about allotments in the Black Country. The writer tells us more.

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Arthur Conan Doyle notebook containing first ever lines of Sherlock Holmes goes on show

A notebook described as "very precious" by Arthur Conan Doyle's son, used when the author practised medicine in Southsea during the 1880s, is revealed by the Museum of London.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's design of a life-size Paddington bear statue joins London trail

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants his Paddington Bear statue, set at the Museum of London in a trail of celebrity designs, to learn "the finer art of acting".

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Guy Garvey, Bernard Sumner and more announced as BBC 6 Music Celebrates Libraries

6 Music will present a fortnight devoted to libraries next month, including a tour of Manchester's oldest libraries with the Elbow singer and the British Library's first ever live radio show.

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A leafy literary escape from London - Chorleywood Literary Festival returns for ninth year

Chorleywood Literary Festival returns to the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside for the ninth year running between November 10 - 6.

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Happy 100th birthday Dylan Thomas: Five places to discover the poet on the centenary

Recreations of his Greenwich Village bohemia, art inspired by his birthplace and a chance to see the bedroom he once called smelly - here are five places to meet Dylan Thomas.

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Dirty doodles and copulating couples: Cambridge University's use and abuse of books 1450-1550

A sordid pencil sketch of an amorous couple, found at the bottom of the page of a gentleman's guide from more than 500 years ago, is revealed in a new exhibition.

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