Web Archiving collects, makes accessible and preserves web resources of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK domain.
About the collection
The Library has three main collections of archived websites:
- Open UK Web Archive has been collecting websites by permission since 2004 and is the smallest of the three collections. Its selective nature means that the sites are of high quality, and the archival copies have been manually quality-checked and carefully annotated. This curated collection covers aspects of UK life and culture, as well as specific events such as general elections, the 2012 Olympic Games, and the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Selected websites are continuously added and anyone can nominate a UK website for inclusion.
- JISC UK Web Domain Dataset (1996-2013) contains all of the resources from the Internet Archive that were hosted on domains ending in ‘.uk’, or that are required in order to render those UK pages.
- Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites obtained through our annual archiving of the entire UK domain. This was enabled by the non-print legal deposit regulations introduced by the government in April 2013.
Read the UK Web Archive blog to keep up-to-date with research and developments.
What is available online?
Search the JISC UK Web Domain Dataset (1996-2013) with Shine, our prototype search engine created especially for querying this complex collection. The trend analysis feature helps researchers track changes in communication on the web across the 17-year period, such as language use. The powerful search interface allows filtering of full text results by postcode, file type, year or domain. Derived datasets can also be downloaded.
What is available in our Reading Rooms?
The Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive can only be accessed on computers in our Reading Rooms.
Search Explore the British Library to find titles of websites in the archive. Refine your results by using the advanced search options to look for the ‘archived websites’ material type.
What is available in other organisations?
- The Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive can also be accessed in the Reading Rooms at: National Library of Wales, National Library of Scotland, Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University Library, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin
- UK Government Web Archive is maintained by the National Archives
- UK Parliament Web Archive provides access to previous versions of the parliamentary website and related external and legacy websites
- Internet Archive is the largest and longest-running open-access archive of web content and its collections span web publishing across the world
- International Internet Preservation Consortium provides a list of organisations and national libraries around the world that maintain web archives.