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UK Web Archive

UK Web Archive

Web Archiving collects, makes accessible and preserves web resources of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK domain.

About the collection

The Library has three main collections of archived websites:

    1. Open UK Web Archive has been collecting websites by permission since 2004 and is the smallest of the three collections. Its selective nature means that the sites are of high quality, and the archival copies have been manually quality-checked and carefully annotated. This curated collection covers aspects of UK life and culture, as well as specific events such as general elections, the 2012 Olympic Games, and the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Selected websites are continuously added and anyone can nominate a UK website for inclusion.
    2. JISC UK Web Domain Dataset (1996-2013) contains all of the resources from the Internet Archive that were hosted on domains ending in '.uk', or that are required in order to render those UK pages.
    3. Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites obtained through our annual archiving of the entire UK domain. This was enabled by the non-print legal deposit regulations introduced by the government in April 2013.

Read the UK Web Archive blog to keep up-to-date with research and developments.

What is available online?

Search the Open UK Web Archive online for specific websites or information, or to browse by subject or special collection. There are also a number of derived datasets which can be downloaded.

Search the JISC UK Web Domain Dataset (1996-2013) with Shine , our prototype search engine created especially for querying this complex collection. The trend analysis feature helps researchers track changes in communication on the web across the 17-year period, such as language use. The powerful search interface allows filtering of full text results by postcode, file type, year or domain. Derived datasets can also be downloaded.

What is available in our Reading Rooms?

The Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive can only be accessed on computers in our Reading Rooms.

Search Explore the British Library to find titles of websites in the archive. Refine your results by using the advanced search options to look for the 'archived websites' material type.

What is available in other organisations?

  • The Non-Print Legal Deposit UK Web Archive can also be accessed in the Reading Rooms at: National Library of Wales, National Library of Scotland, Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University Library, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin
  • UK Government Web Archive is maintained by the National Archives
  • UK Parliament Web Archive provides access to previous versions of the parliamentary website and related external and legacy websites
  • Internet Archive is the largest and longest-running open-access archive of web content and its collections span web publishing across the world
  • International Internet Preservation Consortium provides a list of organisations and national libraries around the world that maintain web archives.

Further information

If you have an enquiry, please contact the UK Web Archive web-archivist@scumliferp.com to discuss your needs in depth.

The Big UK Domain Data for Arts and Humanities project provides detailed case studies for research use of web archives.

Blog posts

15 Years of the UK Web Archive-The Early Years

Monday, March 2, 2020

Think back 15 years to the beginning of 2005. Future Prime Minister David Cameron wasn't yet an MP and Google Maps, Twitter or the iPhone all had yet to be launched. It was, however, the year that we started collecting ...

Spotlight on Hedley Sutton, Asian & African Studies Reference Team Leader at The British Library

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

By Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archives, The British Library Hedley Sutton is the Team Leader, Asian & African Studies Reference Services at the British Library. He joined the Library as a cataloguer in what was then called the Bibliographic ...

If Websites Could Talk-Part 3 (this time it's personal)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

By Hedley Sutton, Team Leader, Asian & African Studies Reference Services After a long gap of time, we are back eavesdropping on a conversation among UK domain websites as they try and decide which of their number should be recognized ...

What is left behind? Exploring the Olympic Games legacies through the UK Web Archive

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

By Caio Mello, Doctoral Researcher at the School of Advanced Study, University of London The Olympic Games happen every four years. This means that every four years a city has to be chosen as a host city. It is easy ...

More blog posts

Case studies

Neema Begum
… The UK Web Archive is a fantastic resource for researchers…

Neema used the UK Web Archive to explore how ethnic minorities voted in the EU Referendum.