What's NewiOS 6 Compatibility
App Descriptionâ€˜Treasuresâ€™, the British Libraryâ€™s first app for iPhone and iPad, makes it possible to explore some of the Libraryâ€™s rarest and most extraordinary written and printed material â€“ from wherever you are in the world.
**Named by Sunday Times as one of the top 500 apps!**
Created in partnership with Toura, the app includes over 100 highlights from our collections, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images, allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in extraordinary detail.
Literary highlights include pages selected by our curators from Charles Dickensâ€™s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Austenâ€™s teenage writings, while key historical documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China, an original Magna Carta of 1215, Elizabeth Iâ€™s famous Tilbury speech before the Spanish Armada, and a recording of suffragette Christabel Pankhurstâ€™s speech after her release from prison.
The section devoted to music includes pages selected by our curators from manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert. A section devoted to maps showcases some of the most interesting and beautiful maps and views from the collection.
Christian texts include selected passages from the Codex Sinaiticus, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Gutenberg Bible. Other faiths are represented by the Golden Haggadah, Sultan Baybarsâ€™ Qurâ€™an, and Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian manuscripts.
The scientific documents, which are generally less well-known, explore fields such as astronomy, botany, zoology and medicine. They include selected pages from manuscripts, notebooks and letters that reveal some of the key scientific developments of all time, including Flemingâ€™s discovery of penicillin, and Copernicusâ€™s and Galileoâ€™s findings on the structure of the cosmos.
Alongside these images, the app also includes sound recordings and nearly 50 short videos. This multimedia content totals over 1.2GB and is best when viewed over a WiFi connection. Videos include interviews with British Library curators, the linguist David Crystal and explorer Ben Fogle.
The app will be regularly updated with information on British Library exhibitions, highlighting some of the star items that will be on display. Currently the app includes information on â€˜Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as you know itâ€™.
Also available from the British Library: our eBook Treasures, which allow users to turn the pages of some of the Library's most treasured manuscripts, are available to download in the iBookstore.
*** Please note that due to the large amount of multimedia content included in the app, a WiFi connection is recommended to watch the videos and listen to the audio. ***
October 24, 2012 New version 3.2
March 09, 2012 New version 3.1
January 11, 2012 Price Decrease: $3.99 -> $1.99
January 04, 2012 New version 3.0.4
May 21, 2011 New version 1.3
January 04, 2011 Initial Release