The Royal Botanic Gardens in Buckinghamshire is planning to preserve its British colonial heritage in its collection, but it is not expected to make public the details of the plans until 2020, a move that could cost it billions of pounds.
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper published Wednesday, the gardens director said the museum’s collection was about as valuable as a car.
The British Library will not reveal the plans for the collection until 2020 because it needs to get it right and because the British Museum has a different policy from other museums in the world, said David Gompertz, the director general of the British Library.
The museum has not made public its plans for a new collection that it has been planning to build on the grounds of the gardens for about 20 years, and has only made public a few of its plans, including the plan to build a new exhibition centre.
It is unclear how much of the current collection is to be preserved at the gardens and what the remaining parts of the collection will be.
The plan for a permanent collection in Buckingham has been in the works for decades.
A new centre was supposed to be built on the gardens in 2018, but the plan was shelved and a new centre has been proposed for 2019.
In recent years, the Royal Library has been working to improve its collection with new technologies.
The museum has digitized more than 1.4 million items and digitized an additional 2.4 billion items over the past decade.
A digital archive is also being built at the library.
The digital archive will be open for public access for 10 years after it is completed, with access to the entire collection being restricted to the public.