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The British Library

We are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. We provide information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

Our collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. We keep the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to our collection every year.

We have many books, but we have so much more. Our London and Yorkshire sites have everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. Our inspiring exhibitions interpret these collections and bring their stories to the public.

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The British Library Projects

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Endangered Archives Programme

To establish a grants programme that funds projects to digitize neglected, vulnerable or inaccessible archives relating to pre-industrial societies. The digitized materials ar…

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National Life Stories: An Oral History of Farming, Land Management and Conservation in Post-War Britain

An oral history of farming, land management and conservation in post-war Britain

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