Decommissioned British Library web content

Best practise in managing web content is to regularly audit, review, and improve existing content or decommission content that fails to meet accessibility and our web content standards. Find out which content has been retired and what alternative content might be relevant.

We regularly review our websites and online resources to ensure they meet current technological demands and accessibility standards. Content is also checked and updated as necessary. If a website fails technology or accessibility requirements, its design and functionality will be updated or it may be decommissioned.

In many cases, users of a decommissioned resource will be redirected to equivalent or related material on our website. If we no longer provide an equivalent, we may redirect users to the UK Web Archive, where the decommissioned material is preserved. If these options are not available we will suggest other useful resources - please see the list below.

The following list of decommissioned web domains details the reason they were retired and the action taken to help users find equivalent or similar content.

Website Reason for decommission  Alternative resource 
Sound Collection: Haydn Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Mozart Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Derek Collier Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Mátyás Seiber Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Chopin Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Oral history of Glyndebourne opera Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Beethoven Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Oral history of recorded sound Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: St Mary-le-Bow public debates Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Brian Moser & Donald Tayler Colombia Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: John Howson English, Irish & Scottish Folk Music Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: John Brearley Botswana Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Carole Pegg English and Scottish Folk Music Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Nick and Mally Dow English Folk Music Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Bob Davenport English Folk Music Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Peter Kennedy Collection Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: David Rycroft South Africa Collection  Technological incompatibility Sounds
Sound Collection: Middle Eastern Music on shellac disc Technological incompatibility Sounds

Online Gallery: The Amaravati Album

Accessibility compliance India Office prints and drawings guide
Online Gallery: Breaking the Rules Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Deptford plans and drawings Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Durham: Echoes of Power Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Early Photographs Accessibility compliance Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books
Online Gallery: Evanion Collection of Ephemera Accessibility compliance Evanion Catalogue
Online Gallery: Fire insurance maps and plans Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Grimm's Northumberland Sketchbooks Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Hans Christian Andersen Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Henry Purcell Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Illuminating the Renaissance Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: John Evelyn Accessibility compliance John Evelyn
Online Gallery: Kensington Turnpike Trust drawings Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: King George III Topographical Collection Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Leonardo Da Vinci Accessibility compliance Leonardo's notebook
Online Gallery: Lindisfarne Gospels Accessibility compliance Lindisfarne Gospels
Online Gallery: Literary Landscapes Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Maps Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Maps and Views Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: The Mythical Quest Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Ordnance Survey drawings Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Philatelic Rarities Accessibility compliance Philately
Online Gallery: Points of View Accessibility compliance Photographs collection guide
Online Gallery: Topographical Drawings Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Quebec 400 Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Spanish American Independence Accessibility compliance Latin American Collections
Online Gallery: The Spice Trail Accessibility compliance Raffles Collection
Online Gallery: Topographical Drawings Accessibility compliance Picturing Places
Online Gallery: The unveiling of Britain Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Victorian Popular Music Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Voices of History Accessibility compliance Sounds