Collect Britain is moving
The rich selection of digitised historic content on the British
website will be moving home in the very near
When Collect Britain went live in 2003 it opened up online access to an
unprecedented range of British Library content. Since then the Library
has developed new and more extensive websites that are better configured
to meet the demands of the material and the developing needs of its
users. We are therefore migrating the content to these newer
Much of the Collect Britain functionality, and the virtual exhibitions
and themed tours, will also be moving across to the new sites, though in
some cases (such as registration) with an interruption in
All of the content will continue to be available free of
The Collect Britain site itself will close down at the end of September
The following image-based collections
will move to the Library's
, where they will be live by early October 2008:
Asia, Pacific and Africa collections
Deptford plans and drawings
Early photographically illustrated books
Evanion collection of ephemera
Kensington Turnpike Trust drawings
King George III topographical collection
London in maps: the Crace collection
Ordnance Survey drawings
The unveiling of Britain
Victorian popular music
Moving the images to the Online Gallery will place them alongside other
British Library visual material, including some of our greatest
treasures. Users will also benefit from an improved zoom
The Collect Britain audio collections
('Accents and dialects',
'British wildlife recordings', and 'Wax cylinder recordings') will move
to the Library's
website. They will be the first of a growing range
of recordings that can be played by anyone. Licensing restrictions mean
that only people in UK higher and further education or the Library's
Reading Rooms can listen to the existing recordings on the
The Penny Illustrated Paper
collection is moving to the Library's
new public newspapers website, where it will join over two million pages
of digitised newspapers from the nineteenth century and earlier. While
much of this content will be available on a 'pay as you go' basis,
viewing Penny Illustrated Paper articles will remain free of charge. The
new website will be available at
by the end 2008.
The Collect Britain virtual exhibitions
('Caribbean views', 'Expressions of faith', 'Durham: echoes of power', 'Grimm's Northumberland sketchbooks', and 'Literary landscapes') will be available on the Library's Online Gallery from early October 2008.
The Collect Britain themed tours
('On the trig', 'Lost gardens', and 'The old East End') will be available on the Library's Online Gallery in future months. In the meantime, the UK Web Archiving Consortium website holds archived versions of 'Lost gardens'
and 'The Old East End'
The UK postcode search
on Collect Britain will be transferred to the British Library Online Gallery from early October 2008. Map searching
will follow later.
The personal folders feature
has been used by a tiny minority of Collect Britain users. However we hope to make a similar facility available on the Online Gallery in due course.
We are grateful to everyone who has helped to make Collect Britain a success over the last five years - whether through funding the project, helping to develop it, or through viewing the content available. The most important benefit of the site has been in providing access to little-known gems of the British Library's collection. Moving the material to more suitable websites ensures that it will continue to be available in the years to come.
Please contact us at webeditor@...
if you have any queries about the move of the Collect Britain content and features.