Doctoral Open Days – Explore Our Research Collections

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Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for you to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships' logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years.

We understand that researching can be an overwhelming process. These open days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections. You will have the opportunity to meet our expert and friendly staff and researchers in your field.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on one aspect of the Library’s collections. You are welcome to attend the day you will find most useful to you.  Lunch and refreshments are provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Asian & African Collections – 18 January 2016
News & Media – 25 January 2016
Pre 1600 Collections – 01 February 2016
Music – 05 February 2016
Social Sciences – 12 February 2016
17th & 18th Century Collections – 19 February 2016
19th Century Collections – 22 February 2016
20th & 21st Century Collections – 26 February 2016

Comments from previous attendees:

Helpful information, delivered in an interesting and enjoyable way. A well-organised day.

The British Library is like the toolkit every scholar aspires to have.

Excellent way to make researchers feel welcome.

Series events

Asian and African - Family Portrait
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Exploring the Collections: Asian & African

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Daily Graphic front cover from February 15, 1907
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Exploring the Collections: News & Media

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Illuminated manuscript image
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Exploring the Collections: Pre-1600

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Image of music score and composer
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Exploring the Collections: Music

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Crowded city street
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Exploring the Collections: Social Sciences

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Painting of a castle on a hill
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Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century

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Painting of horses pulling a carriage
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Exploring the Collections: 19th Century

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Black and white image of a man holding a photograph
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Exploring the Collections: 20th & 21st Century

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