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.


Summer Scholars: Caribbean indigenous Histories / James Knight’s ‘History of Jamaica’

An Eccles Fellow and a Carnegie Scholar explore Caribbean histories

Summer Scholars: Conservatives Defending Slavery, 1823-33 / The US in the Pacific

Explore why British Conservatives defended slavery, 1823-33, and the US in the Pacific

Summer Scholars: US Antinuclear Movement / The Mayflower

Explore American nuclear testing and protest, and the meanings of the Mayflower, 1620-2020

Summer Scholars: Where Words Come From / Immigrant Women and Food Writing

Explore the origins of words and stories, and immigrant women and food


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

Special Fellowships and Doctoral Awards

The Eccles Centre is delighted to be able to sponsor a variety of awards outside the regular Fellowship programme when possible and also offers support to a number of doctoral students conducting research on North American topics with British Library curators

Blog posts

Is ‘America’s National Pastime’ Up for Grabs?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Professional baseball heads to London later this month with its sacred status in American culture once more in the spotlight. While the two-day series between the historic rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, was an instant...

The Power of Memoir

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where does the personal reside in our understanding of history, social issues and human experience? And what does the form of the memoir distinctively illuminate? In 2018 novelist Tessa McWatt used her residency as an Eccles British Library Writer’s Award...

The New York World's Fair, 1939

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Today marks 80 years since the Official Opening by President Franklin D Roosevelt of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. First conceived by New York City business leaders in the midst of the Great Depression, the Fair was intended to...

25 Cats Named Sam

Friday, March 15, 2019

This weekend is the last opportunity to see the Library's free exhibition 'Cats on the Page', which celebrates our feline friends in literary and illustrated form. It thus seemed appropriate to share two of our favourite cat-themed books with you....

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