The Eccles Centre is a springboard for developing ideas and advancing research.

Our goal is to connect users with the British Library’s North American collections. We work with promising talent to expand their thinking and uncover new inspirations. In doing so we bring together minds spanning the creative and academic disciplines.

Our programme includes a range of events designed to illuminate all aspects of North American literature, history, politics and culture.  We nurture our growing community of talented writers, thinkers and creatives through a range of awards which enable great work to happen.  Our range of study resources are designed to help inspire those exploring the British Library's Canadian, American and Caribbean collections. 

Resources

Bibliographic guides

A range of bibliographic guides designed to introduce the North American collections at the British Library, covering a wide range of topics from colonial times to the present.

Web exhibitions

Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.

Lectures and interviews

Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.

Collection guides

Further details about the Americas collections at the British Library.

Fellowships and Awards

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships

Awards to support individuals from the UK, North America and Europe who need to use the British Library's North American collections.

The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award

The award scheme offers £20,000 to assist in the research of a current book-length project using the British Library's Americas collections.

Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award

The Eccles Centre-sponsored Fulbright award is open to US scholars who wish to use the Library’s North American collections for a period of 6 months

The Philip Davies Fellowship

An award of £6,000 is offered for research on US politics in the British Library's collection.

Blog posts

Reactions to HIV in the 1980s and COVID-19 stigma

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

This post by Carmen Logie is part of a special Summer Scholars blog series highlighting the recent research Eccles Centre awards have supported across Caribbean, Canadian and US collections. My work in the field of HIV began in the early...

Exploring Robert Lowell's English years in the Sound Archive

Thursday, July 30, 2020

This blog by Grzegorz Kosc is part of a special Summer Scholars blog series highlighting the recent research Eccles Centre awards have supported across Caribbean, Canadian and US collections. Robert Lowell at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square, 1965,...

Colonial American Theatre

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This post by Jeffery Kennedy is part of a special Summer Scholars blog series highlighting the recent research Eccles Centre awards have supported across Caribbean, Canadian and US collections. As friends and colleagues heard that I had received a Fulbright...

The Perils of Diplomatic Protection in the Early 19th Century

Thursday, July 23, 2020

This post by Vanessa Mongey is part of a special Summer Scholars blog series highlighting the recent research Eccles Centre awards have supported across Caribbean, Canadian and US collections. How far should diplomatic protection extend? Surely, consul James Buchanan argued,...

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