Each year, in addition to copies of every book, newspaper and magazine published in the UK, we add culturally significant items to the collection to preserve them for future generations. Without the generosity of our supporters, we simply would not be able to make many of these acquisitions.
The generous support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the British Library Collections Trust, the Friends of the National Libraries and the American Trust for the British Library, as well as individual donors, allowed us to secure the Melford Hall manuscript of John Donne poetry. The manuscript is one of the five largest collections of Donne’s poems, as well as a small number by other 17th century poets. It provides major research opportunities, enhancing our understanding of Donne’s work.
Thanks to the support of Art Fund, the Bernard H. Breslauer Fund of the American Trust for the British Library and the British Library Collections Trust, another significant acquisition was the Lucas Psalter manuscript, dating back to the 1480s.This rare Psalter is beautifully illuminated with paintings from one of the most influential artists of the late Middle Ages.
- Our physical collection grows 8km every year
We are so grateful to our donors who come together to support important acquisitions, allowing us to uncover new research potential and secure their future.