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Cartoon archive among top 100 websites worth preserving for future generations

Horner - Punch 12.11.1975The website of the British Cartoon Archive (BCA) at the University of Kent has been chosen by library curators and other experts from the Capturing the Digital Universe project as one of the top 100 UK websites worth preserving for future generations.

The BCA site was chosen as it is 'a voluminous and essential resource into social and political history' and 'essential reading for future generations researching our life and times in 2013'.

Launched in April, the Capturing the Digital Universe project is the result of new powers to archive the entire UK web having been awarded to the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin.

Other UK-based websites in the top 100 include the Beano, British Antarctic Survey, The Dracula Society, Mural Preservation Society, Transport for London, Argos, Stephen Hawking, Culture 24, The Muslim Council of Britain, Facebook and eBay.

Dr Nicholas Hiley, Head of the BCA, welcomed the news. He said: ‘I am pleased that the Archive has made it onto this interesting and diverse list.

'It is always encouraging to have such support from the major national and copyright libraries, and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making the BCA website such a success.'

The BCA is based at the University’s Templeman Library on its Canterbury campus. Dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last 200 hundred years, it holds the national collection of cartoons of political and social comment published in British newspapers and magazines - more than 150,000 original drawings by over 350 cartoonists, plus 100,000 newspaper cuttings. Its website ( already provides access to 160,000 catalogued cartoons.

Further information on The 100 Websites: Capturing the Digital Universe is available at:


Story published at 2:43pm 30 April 2013

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