Tally Ho!

We live in the golden age of knowledge (or trivia depending on how you look at it). Museums and national libraries are well aware of our nano second needs and so the British Library has launched (you guessed it) an app for that! If you use a device which uses the iOS (Apple) or Android operating system you can have the world at your finger tips.

The British Library, custodian of some of the most treasured documents in the world, has produced an iOS and Android app featuring over 100 of the library’s most significant items including the world’s oldest bible Codex Sinaiticus, Galileo’s letters and Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks.

As well as high-resolution images, the app provides expert commentary on many of the items and users can watch, for example, linguist David Crystal discussing the 1,000 year old poem Beowulf.

Key historical documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China and an original Magna Carta of 1215. The section devoted to music includes manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert, alongside hand-written lyrics by The Beatles.


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