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Lost Gothic treasure Fonthill Abbey is resurrected using cutting-edge video-gaming technology

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A team of three students from University of South Wales have won a unique competition to design an immersive videogame inspired by the British Library’s collection of Gothic literature. The winning team created an underwater journey through Fonthill Abbey, the once-stunning Gothic revival country house in Wiltshire, which was demolished in 1846 after the collapse of its spectacular 300-foot tower twenty years earlier.




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.

Policy – Driving Research

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.

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The two winners of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award are announced

The Eccles Centre at the British Library is delighted to announce that Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, writer and 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction judge, and Benjamin Markovits, critically acclaimed author and Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013, are the joint winners of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award.

  • 22/10/2014

    Portal gives teachers gateway to Arabic studies and new research on Gulf

    • Teachers say learning about Gulf will help to prepare students for globalisation and will make the UK more economically competitive
    • 69% of secondary school teachers and 50% of academics do not believe enough is being done to educate school children about British historical connections to the Gulf
    • Dr. James Onley: portal “will transform our understanding of the region”


    The British Library invites you to attend your own funeral this Halloween...

    An appointment at the funeral parlour awaits. Discover your final fate - will you be saint or sinner? Angel or devil?


    Be part of history: Win the chance to see the four surviving original Magna Carta manuscripts together for the first time

    Magna Carta is one of the world’s most influential documents – an agreement granted by King John in 1215 as a practical solution to a political crisis, which in the centuries since has become a potent symbol of liberty and the rule of law.

    There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral.

    For one day only on 3rd February 2015, the British Library, Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral are inviting 1,215 people to come and experience the four Magna Carta manuscripts side by side as part of a one-off event at the British Library sponsored by the global law firm Linklaters.

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