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.

Events

Why Heritage Matters

The first woman to lead UNESCO discusses the importance of heritage in the modern world

Indigenous Futures

With Mohawk artist Skawennati and Canadian writer J R Carpenter

Christmas Traditions

Christmas, but not as you know it!

Christmas Traditions

Christmas, but not as you know it!

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

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

Banned Books Week

Monday, September 23, 2019

Banned Books Week (22 – 28 Sept 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to the number of challenges to books in schools, bookshops and libraries. The theme for 2019...

Book Lovers Day

Friday, August 9, 2019

It turns out there really is a celebratory day for everything (yes, we’re still enjoying yesterday’s International Cat Day moment), and 9 August is no exception. Happy Book Lovers Day! To pay homage, Team Americas, Australasia and Eccles has picked...

A Tour of Indigenous London

Monday, August 5, 2019

Above: 'Tee Yee Neen Ho Ga Row, Emperor of the Six Nations' from Add MS 5253. On July 22nd, the Eccles Centre was pleased to host a group of students from the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Critical Indigenous...

Herman Melville at 200

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Today – 1 August 2019 – marks 200 years since the birth of Herman Melville. To celebrate we are sharing a few images from Lakeside Press’s beautiful 1930 edition of Moby Dick (British Library shelfmark: L.R.50.b.1) illustrated by artist, printmaker,...

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