History revealed: quest for libraries’ hidden treasures

An anthology of poetry more than 1,000 years old, a Georgian roll call of abandoned babies, and the tragic fate of a cow in wartime Dorset are among the gems short-listed in a competition organised by the British Library to reveal treasures hidden away in Britain’s regional public libraries.
The list includes priceless medieval manuscripts from Renfrewshire, Exeter, and Hereford, and a psalter dating back to around 1250 from Blackburn. There is also an 18th century atlas of Ireland from Armagh.