The British Library has posted over 1000 of its greatest literary treasures online in a new website, Discovering Literature – including the manuscripts of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Austen, Dickens and Wilde, the largest collection of childhood writings of the Brontë sisters, and other unique artefacts which shed new light on their life and works
As the British Library posts its greatest literary treasures online, new research reveals that young people could be struggling to engage with the classics http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/As-the-British-Library-posts-its-greatest-literary-treasures-online-new-research-reveals-that-young-6a2.aspx
The research was carried out in schools and colleges
• Overall, it is clear that there is a desire among English teachers to make their lessons more inspiring; almost three in five (57%) of teachers say that it is difficult to inspire students with the resources currently available. Additionally, they perceive students as struggling to identify with both classic authors of English literature (82%) and engage with older literary texts (83%).
• English teachers perceive that students prefer digital media than books (83%), and that overall, students rely on online resources for research (93%). However, they also tend to say that current resources available to students are uninspiring (57%), and that they appreciate the value of first-hand original manuscripts and historical documents for students (82%).
• Similarly, there is a desire among teachers to have more access to resources (90%), recognition that English literature needs to embrace digital technology (86%), and that access to digital resources needs to be improved (82%). English literature is extremely highly regarded by English teachers, and student access to it is considered to be of enormous importance.
ComRes – 15 May 2014 - http://www.comres.co.uk/poll/1178/british-library-discovering-literature-survey.htm