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A 1300 edition of the Magna Carta

A 1300 edition of the Magna Carta has been found buried in Kent's archives.  This news comes hot on the heals after four copies of the 1215 document , two from The British Library and one each from Salisbury Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral were brought together for a short exhibition at the British Library. The new discovery of the historic document, which established the principle of the rule of law, was found at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. The charter has been authenticated by Professor Nicholas Vincent, of the University of East Anglia, who  has confirmed it belongs to Sandwich town council. The document  was ripped with about a third of it missing, but it is still thought to be worth up to £10m according to the Professor. A spokesman for Kent County Council said the parchment was found at the James Whatman Way site by community historian, Dr Mark Bateson. Dr Bateson was looking in the archives for the Charter of Forest, at the request of Prof Vincent, when he spotted the Magna Carta. The town of Sandwich have said they will use it to encourage tourism rather than sell it.

Magna Carta

A copy of one of the British Library's Magna Carta

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The British Library will archive the nation's 'digital memory' by capturing billions of web pages

The British Library is to 'harvest' billions of web pages, blogs and e-books in a bid to preserve and document the nation's 'digital memory'. For centuries, the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. It will also be bound by new regulations to harvest the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country's burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works. The British Library, which has invested £3million in the project during the past two years, plans to collect the material by conducting an annual trawl of the UK web domain - every website ending with '.uk'. It will harvest information from another 200 sites - such as online newspapers or journals - on a more regular basis, as often as once a day. There's more on the British Library website. What do you think? Is it a great idea to document modern day life in this way?      
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