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British Library develops unique interactive timeline

world Updated: Feb 03, 2010 14:38 IST

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For the first time, a new interactive history timeline developed by British Library allows students and teachers to explore collection items chronologically, including rare adverts and other details of the East India Company.

Comparing the Peasants' Revolt with the Punk Revolution or medieval astrology with the Apollo moon landings might appear unconnected at first, but the interactive timeline will allow students to get a sense of change, continuity and chronology when studying historical events.

Bringing together material from the library's vast collections and using cutting-edge technology, users will be able to discover historical connections and create links in an exciting multimedia experience.

"Students will be able to trace a variety of stories in one space," said the British Library's Head of Learning Roger Walshe.

For example, an early advert for curry powder from the 18th century reflects the changing tastes of East India Company Workers and reveals tales about the politics, trade, culinary and cultural exchange of that time - a unique insight into life during that period can be gained from one everyday item."