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Language is a powerful tool that connects people across time and space, transcending borders and cultures, and is through language that we express our thoughts, emotions

Background imageLanguage Collection: A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland

A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland
1198172 A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland, (colour lithograph) by Gawthorn

Background imageLanguage Collection: The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageLanguage Collection: Flags of Royal Navy

Flags of Royal Navy
Some of the signal flags of Royal Navy including the Royal Standard, White Ensign, Union Jack

Background imageLanguage Collection: Illustration showing 26 sign language hand signals representing letters of the alphabet

Illustration showing 26 sign language hand signals representing letters of the alphabet

Background imageLanguage Collection: Language - Esperanto at a glance

Language - Esperanto at a glance - card produced by the British Esperanto Association. L L Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto (the Unua Libro), on July 26th, 1887. Date: 1923

Background imageLanguage Collection: Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways

Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways
1198131 Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways, 1937 (offset colour lithograph) by English School, (20th century)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)

Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)
985820 Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink) by Berger, Anthony (fl.1861-65); 10.1x6.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Abraham Lincoln)

Background imageLanguage Collection: The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers. One writes ones name under the flower whos sentiment you wish to express to the cards recipient. Date: circa 1908

Background imageLanguage Collection: Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden

Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden
Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Llull preaching. Parchment 92. Page 5r. Baden Memorial Library. Karlsruhe. Germany

Background imageLanguage Collection: IRELAND, County Cork, Kinsale. The Tap Tavern

IRELAND, County Cork, Kinsale. The Tap Tavern
Ireland, County Cork, Kinsale. The Tap Tavern

Background imageLanguage Collection: World War I (1914-1918). German poster inviting people to join the war loan. It was

World War I (1914-1918). German poster inviting people to join the war loan. It was done by Maximilian Lenz (1860-1948)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Ataturk Reforms Language

Ataturk Reforms Language
Turkey : dictator Kemal Ataturk introduces westernisation of the Turkish language

Background imageLanguage Collection: A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)

A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)
1769905 A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph) by Kenneth Shoesmith (1890-1939) & Verney L

Background imageLanguage Collection: The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c

The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c
1769903 The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c.1925 (colour lithograph) by Maxwell, Donald (1877-1936); 102x127 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Weald of Kent)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling statue of Joseph Priestly

Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling statue of Joseph Priestly
Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling the statue of Joseph Priestly on 12th October 1912 - at this point the unveiling party had adjourned to the Temperance Hall

Background imageLanguage Collection: Satire on Phrenology

Satire on Phrenology
Satire on the study of Phrenology - a Free Knowledgey - illustrating the worst elements of human behavious illustrated in different zones of the head (including Obscene Language, criminal activity)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Internet computer code

Internet computer code. Lines of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the language used by programmers to develop web sites. HTML code is written in text form

Background imageLanguage Collection: Development of the English alphabet

Development of the English alphabet. The Old Greek alphabet derived from Phoenician and was in use by 900-800 BC. A western variant, known as the Euboean or Cumae alphabet

Background imageLanguage Collection: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)

April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)
986032 April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving) by Casteels, Pieter (1684-1749) (after); 46.8x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the

Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the Madrasa. Fes. Morocco

Background imageLanguage Collection: WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loa

WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loan Campaign. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (1917), by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951). Edited by the government of the United States

Background imageLanguage Collection: Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone
Illustration shows the Rosetta Stone as it sits on a pedestal, 1800s. The stone contains identical text in three languages, hieroglyphs, Egyptian, and ancient Greek

Background imageLanguage Collection: Signpost in Quin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Signpost in Quin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageLanguage Collection: Plague doctor, 18th century

Plague doctor, 18th century
Plague doctor. 18th-century artwork of the costume worn by a plague doctor, or any doctor dealing with quarantined patients

Background imageLanguage Collection: Chart of some early alphabets

Chart of some early alphabets
Various ancient alphabets: Coptic, Syriac, Ethioptic, Gothic, and Illyrian (Servian). Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLanguage Collection: NATI2A-00094

NATI2A-00094
Cherokee alphabet developed by Sequoyah. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageLanguage Collection: Sign language using a single hand, 1800s

Sign language using a single hand, 1800s
Single-handed alphabet in sign language, used in the US, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLanguage Collection: Ataturk Starts Reforms

Ataturk Starts Reforms
Kemel Ataturk introduces language reform

Background imageLanguage Collection: Esperanto / Zamenhof

Esperanto / Zamenhof
ESPERANTO Dr Ludwig L Zamenhof, German linguist, inventor of Esperanto which he hopes will become an international auxiliary language

Background imageLanguage Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Europe, Ireland, Galway City. Close-up of sign on exterior of The Dew Drop Inn. Credit as

Europe, Ireland, Galway City. Close-up of sign on exterior of The Dew Drop Inn. Credit as
Ireland, Galway City. Close-up of sign on exterior of The Dew Drop Inn. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Sea kayak rentals at Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Sea kayak rentals at Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Background imageLanguage Collection: Lion & Unicorn Pavilion

Lion & Unicorn Pavilion
The Lion and Unicorn Pavilion at the South Bank Exhibition, containing exhibits on the use of the English language, growth of British parliamentary government, etc

Background imageLanguage Collection: Greek-Latin Dictionary

Greek-Latin Dictionary
Johann Scapulas Greek-Latin Lexicon is a contribution to Renaissance studies of classical literature when Roman borrowings from Greek are important to scholars

Background imageLanguage Collection: Islamic panel of Othman bin Afan (God Bless him), the fourth Muslim ruler after Prophet

Islamic panel of Othman bin Afan (God Bless him), the fourth Muslim ruler after Prophet Mohammad, Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageLanguage Collection: Epee Teaching Deaf Mutes

Epee Teaching Deaf Mutes
L ABBE DE L EPEE instructing deaf-mutes in the sign language he invented to enable them to communicate

Background imageLanguage Collection: Gleneagles Golf Course, Howe O Hope, c. 1912 (colour lithograph)

Gleneagles Golf Course, Howe O Hope, c. 1912 (colour lithograph)
1197975 Gleneagles Golf Course, Howe O Hope, c. 1912 (colour lithograph) by English School, (20th century); 101x152 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageLanguage Collection: A Winchester Cartridge display board, with a comprehensive selection of metallic

A Winchester Cartridge display board, with a comprehensive selection of metallic
1764812 A Winchester Cartridge display board, with a comprehensive selection of metallic, brass and paper-case rifle and shot cartridges arranged in the form of an extended W (metallic)

Background imageLanguage Collection: The Lords Prayer in ten different languages

The Lords Prayer in ten different languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Greek, German, Latin and Welsh) Date: 1841

Background imageLanguage Collection: Advert for Cussons Imperial Leather soap, one of a series of ads utilising the language of

Advert for Cussons Imperial Leather soap, one of a series of ads utilising the language of the fan. Date: 1954

Background imageLanguage Collection: Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)
1198038 Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph) by Chaurand-Naurac, Jean Raoul (1878-1948)

Background imageLanguage Collection: Hieroglyphs in the notebook of Jean-Francois Champollion, c1806-1832

Hieroglyphs in the notebook of Jean-Francois Champollion, c1806-1832. Artist: Jean-Francois Champollion
Hieroglyphs in the notebook of Jean-Francois Champollion, c1806-1832. Research on the system of the Egyptian hieroglyphs by Jean Francois Champollion, the translator of the Rosetta Stone

Background imageLanguage Collection: Kadesh Treaty, 1269 BC. Egyptian-Hittite Peace Treaty. Terra

Kadesh Treaty, 1269 BC. Egyptian-Hittite Peace Treaty. Terra
Kadesh Treaty, 1269 BC. Egyptian-Hittite Peace Treaty between Ramesses II and Hattusilis III. Terracotta. Hittite version. From Hattusas (Bogazkoy). Archaeological Museum. Istanbul. Turkey

Background imageLanguage Collection: Pictographs and linear script symbols

Pictographs and linear script symbols. The British archaeologist Arthur Evans (1851-1941) found thousands of clay tablets dating from the second millennium BC at Knossos, Crete

Background imageLanguage Collection: Wall paintings in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt

Wall paintings in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt

Background imageLanguage Collection: Christmas Greetings card with a Golfing Pun theme

Christmas Greetings card with a Golfing Pun theme, playing on words/terms. " May Xmas: BUNKER trouble and Care and LINK you to a Golden New Year. I ask you to accept today

Background imageLanguage Collection: WWI Poster, Enlist Today (Welsh version)

WWI Poster, Enlist Today (Welsh version)
WWI Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster, Be honest with yourself. Be certain that your so-called reason is not a selfish excuse. (Lord Kitchener) Enlist Today (Welsh version). Date: 1916

Background imageLanguage Collection: Dead Sea scroll fragment, 1st century AD C014 / 2074

Dead Sea scroll fragment, 1st century AD C014 / 2074
Dead Sea scroll fragment. These scrolls, found in caves between 1947 and 1979 on the north-western shore of the Dead Sea, include some of the earliest surviving biblical documents



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Language is a powerful tool that connects people across time and space, transcending borders and cultures, and is through language that we express our thoughts, emotions, and ideas. In the heart of London, England lies the British Museum, home to one of history's most iconic artifacts - The Rosetta Stone. This ancient relic unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, allowing us to understand an ancient civilization's language. As we wander through this museum adorned with flags of the Royal Navy, we are reminded of how language played a crucial role in shaping empires and forging alliances throughout Europe. A vibrant Southern Railway poster from 1939 catches our eye as it advertises Ramsgate in all its glory; a testament to how language was used to entice travelers to explore new destinations. Intriguing illustrations showcasing sign language hand signals representing letters remind us that communication takes various forms beyond spoken words. Esperanto at a glance introduces us to an invented universal language aimed at fostering understanding among diverse cultures. Moving away from linguistic symbols, a captivating Southern Railway advertising poster displays the picturesque Weald of Kent; reminding us that even landscapes can speak their own unique dialects. The Language of Flowers reveals yet another fascinating aspect where nature communicates with its delicate blooms symbolizing love or friendship. Meanwhile, exploring the development of the English alphabet illuminates how written languages evolve over time. A sepia photograph captures Sigmund Freud's intense gaze as he reminds us that body it also conveys meaning beyond verbal expression. In Birstall, West Yorkshire stands a statue honoring Joseph Priestly who made significant contributions to linguistics; his legacy forever etched into history. Delving deeper into European heritage brings forth Ramon Llull's Breviculum Codex miniature - an exquisite example illustrating medieval manuscripts' intricate beauty while preserving knowledge for future generations.