John Murray Archive saved for the nation

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Heritage Lottery Fund support was confirmed today for the National Library of Scotland's bid to buy the John Murray Archive.

The HLF has announced that the Library's application for £17.7 million has been successful. Now the world-famous archive will have a permanent home in Edinburgh, the UNESCO City of Literature.

This outstanding collection of letters, manuscripts and business papers was started by the John Murray publishing house in London in the 18th century. Over the next few years at NLS, thousands of items will become available to the public for the first time. A series of projects will widen access via a dedicated reading room, exhibitions and the web. A permanent exhibition will open in the summer of 2007.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian, said: 'We are delighted at the Heritage Lottery Fund's announcement. The John Murray Archive is the most important archive to become publicly available in the last 100 years, and is now secured for the nation.'

For further details, see our press release. You can read more about the John Murray Archive at

24 February 2006

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