British Library offers top tourism mementos

History buffs staying in top hotels in London can now take a piece of the city back with them from the British Library.

Known as one of the best event venues in London, the library is now selling high quality prints from its archives consisting of over 250 years' worth of valuable artefacts.

Visitors with a keen eye for historical objects can buy thousands of prints from a variety of cultures and periods of time.

After taking in the sights and sounds of the city, art-lovers can adorn their walls back home with a variety of key pieces, such as the momentous Magna Carta or retro Victorian circus posters.

The collection, spanning pieces from all civilizations, reaches as far as the 1920s fashion images for the trendier guests at London hotels.

Perhaps ideal for those enamoured with the city are the historic and ancient hand-drawn maps of London itself.

"British Library Prints features the most popular images from the British Library's archives, from iconic documents such as the Magna Carta to 20th century photographs by Fay Godwin," explained the venue.

"The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. We hold over 150 million items, including maps, rare books, illustrations, paintings and photographs."

The library itself is a must see on any itinerary, blending classic architecture with a modern celebration of literature and print.

Visitors can enjoy 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, three million sound recordings, and more.

Among the treasures soon on display is the St Cuthbert Gospel – a rare 7th Century manuscript. Public support for the British Library has seen £7 million donated to acquire the artefact.

"This small, fragile pocket gospel has an intimate connection with St Cuthbert, one of Britain's foremost saints, having been apparently buried with him on Lindisfarne in 698," explained officials.
 

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