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DCMS re-appoints Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library

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The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, has re-appointed Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library for a further four year term.

Tessa Blackstone has served as British Library Chairman since September 2010.

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