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The British Library Bringing knowledge to life: The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2007/08

My highlights from 2007/08

"Scholarship and Collections staff continue to be involved in a very wide range of activities – acquisitions and specialist cataloguing, web archiving, preservation and conservation, curating exhibitions and working collaboratively with the library and research communities.

Many of our curatorial staff are involved in implementing the Library’s content strategy after last year’s very successful consultation exercise, while our staff in Collection Care have seen the first full year of operation of the British Library Centre for Conservation and have hosted numerous visits from professional visitors, as well as the general public.

Highlights of our heritage acquisitions this year included the archive of Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, a further tranche of the compositions of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and the exquisitely illustrated and intricately detailed Wardington Hours.

We also launched Digital Lives, the first Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project to be led by the Library. It investigates how personal digital information, created by leading researchers and authors – and also ordinary individuals – can best be preserved for, and accessed by, future generations."


Collection Care

  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Conservation Research and Training
  • Storage and Security
  • Digital Preservation Team

European and American Collections

  • European Collections
  • American Collections
  • Eccles Centre for American Studies
  • Maps
  • Music
  • Philatelic

British Collections

  • British and Early Printed Collections
  • Western Manuscripts
  • Sound Archive
  • Newspaper collections
  • Legal deposit
  • Web archiving
  • Moving image collections
  • Loans registry

Social Science Collections and Research

  • Official Publications
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Management Studies and Economics
  • Business and Intellectual Property
  • Social Policy, Sociology, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Socio-linguistics and Education
  • Human Geography, Anthropology and Food Studies
  • Law and Socio-legal Studies

Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections

  • India Office Records
  • East Asian Collections
  • South and South-East Asian Collections
  • Near and Middle East Collections
  • Western Language Collections
  • Visual Materials
  • International Dunhuang Project
  • Endangered Archives Project

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