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.
Discover the new novel in a luminous family saga from one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists
Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students new to the Library
Explore the British influence on colonial American theatre through the Library's collection
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.
Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.
Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.
Fellowships and Awards
Awards to support individuals from the UK, North America and Europe who need to use the British Library's North American collections.
The award scheme offers £20,000 to assist in the research of a current book-length project using the British Library's Americas collections.
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
Two £5,000 fellowships are offered per year to support two Canadian researchers to make an extended visit to the UK in order to use the collections of the British Library.
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