Magazine article English Drama Media

British Library: Evolving Englishes

Magazine article English Drama Media

British Library: Evolving Englishes

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Evolving Englishes, a major new exhibition about the evolution of the English language, is to be launched at the British Library in November, running until April, together with an extensive programme of educational events. NATE's annual conference in 2011 will take place at the British Library to coincide with the event, and the theme of the conference will reflect the theme of the exhibition. (See NATE Briefing, above for further details.)

The exhibition, which runs from November 12th to April 3rd, is the first ever to explore the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap, and provides a unique opportunity to see and hear its evolution from a language spoken on a small island to a global language spoken by 18 billion people. Treasures such as the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf and recorded speeches by Chuchill and Gandhi will be exhibited together with letters, posters, dictionaries, newspapers, adverts and so on. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the chance to record their voices for the library's Sound Archive. There will be a substantial accompanying events programme, including a regional programme in Birmingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Leeds, Plymouth and Newcastle. …

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