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The Birth of a Nation (1915), dir. D.W. Griffith

The Birth of a Nation is the worst film ever made.

Maybe this is controversial. The cover to the BFI’s recent Blu-ray release, mimicking original promotional materials, brazenly declares the “8th wonder of the world”, alongside the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. 2,814 more words

African American

Florence Greenberg’s Jewish Cookery Book (London, 1947, Jewish Chronicle)

70 years ago, in the austerity years following the Second World War, the Jewish Chronicle newspaper published a cookery book that was to become legendary in Jewish households across Britain.  1,222 more words

Manuscript Collections

A Triple Tragedy

The image at left comes from a postcard by Raphael Tuck and Sons, published around 1908, and features the British armoured cruiser H. M. S. … 307 more words


September 22 in San Antonio history...

1917 – World War I
Work on the construction of a garbage incinerator for San Antonio which will consume a total of more than 100 tons of refuse during each 24-hour period, will start as soon as final arrangements can be made. 228 more words


Storyboard underway

After spending a few nights last week working on fictional texts, Nick is now we’ll underway into translating those to a storyboard.

The proposal has gone out to the Artists Residency team in Spurn and, whilst we wait to hear back (and hopefully receive a formal go ahead for the project), there’s no time to be waisted in getting ideas and plans down on paper. 26 more words


WWI & America - Veterans Panel discussion

We are pleased to announce that the Library has received a grant to participate in programming in support of WWI and America, a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. 420 more words