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In 2014 the British Library is launching a major new web portal entitled English Online. The site will provide a rich digital research environment for English literature students, using primary source material to shed light on the social, political and cultural contexts in which key literary works were written. Focusing on the 19th century, this digital exhibition will showcase a number of artefacts that will appear on the site, including manuscripts, diaries, etiquette manuals, and juvenilia. The exhibition will be accompanied by a talk given by Professor John Bowen and members of the British Library Learning team.