Public's wishes revealed

Public libraries really do hold a special place in the nation's heart, according to a major new research study published today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

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100 years of major acquisitions

In the centenary year of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, thirty three items worth £15.7m have been saved for the nation, announced today in its annual report. Since 1910, the scheme has brought land, buildings and pre-eminent works of art into public ownership for the enjoyment and inspiration of all.

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Pinter awards saved for the nation

The British Library has acquired the collection of awards and honours presented to writer and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter during the course of his long career through the Acceptance In Lieu scheme.

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