British Library: Treasures

British Library: Treasures

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‘Treasures’, the British Library’s first app for Android makes it possible to explore some of the Library’s rarest and most extraordinary written and printed material – from wherever you are in the world.

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NOTE: This version only runs on Android 2.2 and 2.3, and will not work on versions 3.0 and above

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Created in partnership with Toura, the app includes over 100 highlights from our collections, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through images, allowing the viewer to explore.

Literary highlights include Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Austen’s teenage writings, while key historical documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China, an original Magna Carta of 1215, Elizabeth I’s famous Tilbury speech before the Spanish Armada, and a recording of suffragette Christabel Pankhurst’s speech after her release from prison.

The section devoted to music includes manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert. A section devoted to maps showcases some of the most interesting and beautiful maps and views from the collection.

Christian texts include the Codex Sinaiticus, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Gutenberg Bible. Other faiths are represented by the Golden Haggadah, Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an, and Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian manuscripts.

The scientific documents, which are generally less well-known, explore fields such as astronomy, botany, zoology and medicine. They include manuscripts, notebooks and letters that reveal some of the key scientific developments of all time, including Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, and Copernicus’s and Galileo’s findings on the structure of the cosmos.

Alongside these images, the app also includes sound recordings and nearly 50 short videos. This multimedia content totals over 1.2GB and is best when viewed over a WiFi connection. Videos include interviews with British Library curators, the linguist David Crystal and explorer Ben Fogle.

The app will be regularly updated with information on British Library exhibitions, highlighting some of the star items that will be on display.

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Recently changed in this version

Support for Android 3 and 4
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Comments and ratings for British Library: Treasures
  • (38 stars)

    by Matt on 22/06/2011

    Unable to load and download pics and data

  • (38 stars)

    by dajhorn on 12/06/2011

    doesn't run well on regular Android phones
    This app won't finish downloading before the refund window closes. It is sluggish and clumsy to the point of being unusable. The authors probably wrote it in an emulator and didn't test it on a real phone.

  • (38 stars)

    by Susan on 10/06/2011

    Cant scroll down fully down the lists and also down the articles on my htc wildfire. Cant view pictures either.

  • (38 stars)

    by Jennifer on 19/05/2011

    Wonderful app except none of the videos work on my HTC magic, amazing manuscript photos though

  • (38 stars)

    by Cosmosis on 13/05/2011

    Update does not download new images
    I received the update for the app today and was not prompted when opening the app after the update to download any new images to my SD card. Subsequently, I cannot view any of the images or videos for the new exhibition

  • (38 stars)

    by Stéphane on 25/04/2011

    Impossible to view any images; even thumbnails are invisible. Complete waste of money, deeply disappointing - particularly since I work at the BL!

  • (38 stars)

    by marion on 27/03/2011

    Paid and downloaded on to galaxy tab but no pictures? A help feature or contact email would be good.