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Case Study: Bringing the archive to life

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More than

1.2 million

people visit the British Library’s Learning website each year, gaining access to free resources worth more than £1 million.

The Library’s support for schools and further education includes workshops, conferences and events, delivered on site, regionally and online. A key aim is to introduce new, younger and more diverse audiences to the Library, inspiring future readers and researchers.

Learning's online Timeline

One of the year’s biggest innovations was the launch of an interactive ‘timeline’ for students and teachers. Timelines: Sources from History gives a fresh insight into culture, politics, technology and everyday life. Users can scan centuries of themed images, audiovisual and printed material.

Highlights include original records of the Black Death, the Great Fire of London and the abolition of the slave trade. There are manuscripts of great figures such as Queen Elizabeth I, William Wordsworth and Florence Nightingale.

‘The new resource is a must for all teachers wanting access to the British Library’s vast archive in a quick and accessible way,’ says Dan Lyndon, Advanced Skills Teacher (History), at Fortismere School in Muswell Hill, London.

Detail from Learning Timeline

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