FNL will donate all of the manuscripts and printed books to relevant institutions across the country, ensuring that as many people as possible can enjoy this treasure trove of English and Scottish literature. At the end of the exercise, FNL will retain nothing and will have given every manuscript and printed book to recipient libraries. 

FNL has taken a completely novel approach to this acquisition, leading a consortium of eight national, university and specialist collecting institutions to which all of the manuscripts will be donated by FNL. The c.1,400 printed books will be donated not only to the consortium members but also to a large number of institutions across the UK, spreading the benefit of the Blavatnik Honresfield Library still further.

Details of the manuscripts that will be donated to each institution will be announced soon, as will plans for digitisation, exhibitions, education and outreach and also research projects.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and download catalogues of the manuscripts and printed books.


The consortium members will receive manuscripts and annotated or associated copies of printed books by the following authors - some as outright gifts and some via joint ownership with another library within the group:

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë

Jane Austen

Sir Walter Scott

Robert Burns

The Blavatnik Honresfield Library manuscripts
The Blavatnik Honresfield Library books
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