Friday, 3 August 2012

Not only does the British Library contain every publication ever produced in the UK and Ireland, it also houses many intriguing items and handy business resources. Frances Taylor, the British Library’s Marketing Manager for the Creative Industries, tells me more about what the library has to offer creatives…

The British Library is traditionally associated with academic research. How can creative practitioners use the library for their work?
We have amazing collections of things lots of people don’t know we have: a copy of every magazine in the UK, everything from Vogue to zines, a huge sound archive, prints, drawings, photographs and knitting patterns. There’s printed content, video and sound recordings creative practitioners could use for both research and inspiration. One of the things that make the library unique in comparison with other museums and galleries is our Business and IP Centre, which is a small business centre for anyone who has an idea and needs help commercialising it. Around a quarter of the users are from the creative industries. [You] can get help with marketing, business planning, copyright and intellectual property. It’s very about meeting people, getting face-to-face support and networking with your peers.

What are the most unusual items you have in the collection?
We’re doing an event in September to show off our artists’ books collection and although I haven’t seen it yet, I think we have an artist’s book made out of sardine tins! We also have some Victorian hair jewellry.

Visit the British Library website for more information about creative research and forthcoming events.

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