Tuesday, 21 April 2009

New found love for The British Library

After presenting 47 forms of identification, explaininf my intentions, registering, logging on, creating an account, depositing all belongings into the cloakroom, re-depositing essentials into a clear plastic bag, requesting the book, waiting 70 minutes for it to be delivered, I began work. All for one article. I could have performed a terrorist act with more ease.
It is a lovely library: the reading rooms are huge with large individual desks with a reading lamp. Good place to work.
Whilst there, I also went to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery which was wonderful: saw Jane Austen's notebooks, Mozart's scores, the Magna Carta, along with the map above. It is a portolan chart created and improvised from direct experiences. Useful research for current project.

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