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The British library archives, right on your mobile phone

One of the world’s largest libraries, the British library, has produced a mobile phone application that allows direct access to aspects of its archives.

The app that’s been developed by the company Toura – well known for their mobile guides – provides access to a rich collection from the Sir John Ritblat treasures gallery, with the ability to interact with the exhibits remotely or even from inside of the gallery.

The ‘Treasures’ app is available for Android, along with the iPhone and iPad and offers up multimedia features to over 100 of the librarys' collections – with 250 HD images and over 40 videos, from expert commentators.

Items on offer range from the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to the world’s oldest bible Codex Sinaiticus, Nelson’s Battle Plan, written before his victory at Trafalgar, Galileo’s letters and also Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks.

There are also literary highlights that include Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby, along with Jane Austen’s teenage writings with key historical documents that include: 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China and an original Magna Carta of 1215 – to name but a few.

The British Library Treasures application can be downloaded globally for Android and Apple devices for just £1.99, with an HD version for the iPad at £2.39 – on an introductory offer, that rises to £2.39 and £3.49 after January 24th.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.