10 July 2013

Eleven items have been selected from the UK's libraries, archives and museums to represent our outstanding heritage in the UK Memory of the World Register. From Domesday Book to Hitchcock's silent films, these priceless items span nearly 900 years, come from across the country and embody pivotal moments in the history of their communities and the UK as a whole.

This is the third group of inscriptions to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register, an online catalogue created to help promote some of the UK's exceptional documentary riches across the world.

'This year's inscriptions reflect the richness of UK culture and history, from medieval manuscripts to ground breaking cinema,' said David Dawson, Chair of the UK Memory of the World Committee. 'We hope that today's announcement will encourage people to discover these items and collections, as well as some of the other great documentary heritage near them.'

The 11 items and collections being inscribed to the UK Memory of the World Register are:

  • Domesday Book - The National Archives, Kew
  • Tyne & Wear Shipyards collection - Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle
  • Aberdeen Burgh Registers - Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen 
  • Hitchcock's silent films - British Film Institute National Archive, London
  • Churchill Archives - Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • The Haig Papers - National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Scottish Royal National Institution archives - University of Stirling, Stirling
  • Dorothy Wordsworth's journal - Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria
  • Thomas Hardy Archive - Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
  • London bomb damage maps - London Metropolitan Archives, London
  • Robert Stephenson and Company archives - National Railway Museum, York

The register is part of a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) programme to support and raise awareness of archives. The UK Register complements the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, which is a catalogue of documentary heritage of global significance and outstanding universal value.

For further information, visit www.unesco.org.uk/ukregister.

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