Magazine article History Today

Website: Timelines

Magazine article History Today

Website: Timelines

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Timelines

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www.bl.uk/timeline

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Timelines is a new interactive website launched by the British Library at the end of January 2010. Featuring digitised manuscripts, books, pamphlets, maps, patents and illustrations, it allows users to explore key items from the library's collection chronologically for the first time. The decade-by-decade animated timeline spans from the 13th to the 21st century and highlights well-known collection items including a manuscript of the Law of the Forests, a chronicle of the Black Death and John Arderne's medical treatise, as well as more unusual ones such as a 15th-century recipe for custard and what is believed to be the oldest surviving St Valentine's Day letter, written in English in 1477. The items can be viewed either on a central timeline or on thematic ones devoted to particular topics, 'sacred texts', 'everyday life' or 'politics, power and rebellion', for example. Although Timelines is aimed primarily at teachers and students, it is also an excellent resource for any history enthusiast. …

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