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The British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership

The modern history and culture of the Gulf and wider region, particularly its connection with Britain, are vividly documented in personal and official archives, photographs, maps and recordings of traditional music held at the British Library. Insights into the history of science in the Arabic-speaking world and Arabic cultural heritage are also held in the depths of the Library. This year, these previously undigitised diverse collections will be made freely available on a globally accessible portal thanks to a partnership between the British Library, the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Library.


The portal, which will be in English and Arabic, will improve understanding of the Islamic world, Arabic cultural heritage and the modern history of the Gulf providing researchers around the world with the opportunity to perform ground-breaking research in subject areas such as the history of Gulf trade and politics, key individuals in the Gulf and the history of science in the Arabic-speaking world.

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To date, over 250,000 images have been created including 1,000 archival files from the India Office Records and 90 Arabic Scientific manuscripts. By the end of 2014 we will have digitised half a million pages.

Our team of curators, cataloguers, conservators and digitisation experts are working to create this valuable online resource and we are on track to launch later this year.

To register for further information about the launch of the portal, please email "Launch" to


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