Could you help save the stories that shaped history?

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Help us conserve our collection for future generations by supporting our conservation appeal today

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From the notes of Leonardo da Vinci to your favourite childhood books: it’s all at your fingertips at the Library.

Our conservation team spend over 1,000 hours each month conserving at-risk items in our collection. We do this so that everyone has access to world of ideas and inspiration.

As a charity, donations help us do so much more. That’s why we’re launching an appeal to raise £20,000 towards our vital conservation work this year.

Donations will help us conserve a wide range of extraordinary items, from the medieval manuscript that annulled King Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne of Cleves to children’s books from the 1700s that preserve doodles by their past owners.

What’s more – thanks to a generous number of supporters, the first £10,000 of donations towards our conservation work will be matched, doubling any gift made today.

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