2. The British Library has been awarded the “Oscar of the Museums World” for Timelines: Sources from History.These globes and charts also reveal the impulse, old as man, to hold the gathered knowledge of the world in one's hands. To describe is to possess, preserve: for centuries maps served as visual encyclopaedias, storing what is known in one great annotated document.
3. The other day I stumbled upon some information on the British Library website about Solomon’s House, a research institute imagined by Francis Bacon. For more on Solomon’s House, see Anthony Grafton, “The World in a Room: Renaissance Histories of Art and Nature” and “Where Was Salomon’s House: Ecclesiastical History and the Intellectual Origins of Bacon’s New Atlantis,” in Worlds Made by Words (Harvard, 2009).Timelines: Sources from History (www.bl.uk/timeline) is a ground-breaking, rich-media interactive that allows users to explore British Library collection items chronologically … The timeline allows students to get a sense both of change and continuity when studying historical events.