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War book may be 'hidden treasure'
Dorset War Record Book (Copyright Dorset Library Service)
The British Library is looking for 'hidden treasures' across the UK
A book of Dorset wartime stories is competing with 55 other books in a national competition for a place on a special British Library website.

Dorset Federation of Women's Institutes War Record Book 1939-1945 is among 10 entries shortlisted from England.

If it is named as a "Hidden Treasure", the entire text will be on a special website for three years. Winners will be announced on 4 September.

Winners will also be named from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"We have been bowled over by the sheer range and quality of the entries that have come in," said Chloe Tait, project manager for the national competition for public libraries.

"We received 82 in total, 56 from England, 14 from Scotland, five from Wales and seven from Northern Ireland."

Ten are shortlisted for the England category, five each for Scotland and Northern Ireland and four for Wales.

The software, Turning the Pages 2.0 Virtual Text, has been developed by the British Library and Microsoft.

It aims to simulates the action of turning the pages of a real book and brings the full text and images to the Internet.

A 1,000-year-old poetry anthology and a priceless medieval manuscript are also competing in the England category.

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