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 
Online Gallery: Leonardo Da Vinci Accessibility compliance Leonardo's notebook
Online Gallery: Durham: Echoes of Power Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Grimm's Northumberland Sketchbooks 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 Picturing Places
Online Gallery: Victorian Popular Music Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: John Evelyn Accessibility compliance John Evelyn
Online Gallery: The Mythical Quest
Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Illuminating the Renaissance Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Lindisfarne Gospels Accessibility compliance Lindisfarne Gospels
Online Gallery: Literary Landscapes Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Voices of History Accessibility compliance Sounds
Online Gallery: Henry Purcell 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: The Amaravati Album Accessibility compliance India Office prints and drawings guide
Online Gallery: The Spice Trail Accessibility compliance Raffles Collection
Online Gallery: Hans Christian Andersen Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Breaking the Rules Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Quebec 400 Accessibility compliance UK Web Archive
Online Gallery: Spanish American Independence Accessibility compliance Latin American Collections