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British Library web archive


We feel very honoured that the British Library has asked to archive in its web archive. With the kind permission of A & C BlackClick for A & C Black Publishers Publishers References listing Ltd, who own the copyright in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook agents’ listings which are on the site, we have given permission for this archiving and here's where the archived site can be found.

The UK Web Archive is a corpus of websites selected by leading UK institutions for their historical, social and cultural significance in the UK, for the benefit of researchers. Snapshots of each title, known as instances, are taken at suitable intervals to keep the archive up to date. The archive is free to view and has already collected over 4,000 selected websites since it was set up in mid-2005.

Websites are either selected by subject specialists within the participating institutions or have been successfully nominated for archiving. They are gathered with permission from the website content owners.

Finding sites

Archived sites may be searched alphabetically under their titles, by URL and by a controlled set of subject categories. Additionally themed collections such as Women’s issues, Blogs and the General Election 2008, have been developed to build up topical, in-depth resources.


Five partners are collaborating to build the UK Web Archive:

  • British Library
  • National Library of Wales
  • JISC
  • Wellcome Library
  • ·National Archives

The archive also contains websites selected by the National Library of Scotland up to the end of 2007.

Other international web archives

The National Archives' UK Central Government Web Archive Samples of UK central government websites from c.2000 onwards, collected by European Archive. Search is by URL and named Collections.

Internet Archive US body. Has been archiving web in many countries since 1996. Includes many UK websites, though not always in depth. Search is by URL.

Library of Congress Web Archives is composed of collections of archived web sites selected by subject specialists to represent web-based information on a designated topic.

European Archive Collects a selection of European domain sites, including UK central government. Access is by browse.

National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Web Directory

PANDORA, The National Library of Australia's Web Archive Established by the National Library of Australia with sites from 1996 onwards.

State Library of Tasmania, Our Digital Island

Web Archive Singapore


British Library web archive

© Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. 2009