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Two of the most celebrated documents in American history, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, will be on display in the UK for the first time next year on loan from the US National Archives and New York Public Library. They will be displayed at the British Library as part of a landmark exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, which runs from 13 March - 1 September 2015 and is sponsored by Linklaters, the global law firm.
Delaware's ratification of the Bill of Rights, courtesy of the US National Archives
One of the two surviving original 1215 Magna Carta held at the British Library.
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The British Library has taken the lead, nationally and internationally, in aiming to overcome the challenges of collecting, preserving and providing contemporary and long term access to the world's digital knowledge.
The Library’s strategic vision is to 'provide both physical and digital access to world-class information where and when people need it'. We have developed a number of partnerships and business models to drive forward mass digitisation and create a valuable and enduring resource for researchers and the public alike.
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The British Library is concerned that the shift from print to digital publishing is undermining the traditional balance at the heart of copyright in ways that could make it harder for researchers to access and use information.
We believe that the UK needs an intellectual property framework appropriate for the digital age.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, the British Library at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, today opened a display of archive materials, books and manuscripts relating to the history of cycling and the Tour de France.
The display includes accounts of the early days of cycling as a mass pastime and sport, including an 1897 description of a ‘bicycle gymkhana’ and more recent journalistic accounts of the legendary cycling extravaganza.
Christmas cards, letters, cartoons, posters and the manuscripts of celebrated war poets are among the collection on display for the first time in Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour, exploring the many ways those both at home and on the front line tried to cope with the enormity of the First World War.
The British Library fully accepts the conclusions and recommendation of the Spoliation Advisory Panel report on the Biccherna Panel.
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