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. 

Events

Rachel Herrmann: Hunger in the American Revolution

How was food used as a source of power during the American Revolution?

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.

The Philip Davies Scholarship

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

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

Blog posts

Online Access to United States Government Printing Office Publications

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

United States Government Printing Office Publications: electronic resources in the British Library North American Collections

Dancing in the archives...

Friday, March 20, 2020

In the early 1980s this thing called hip hop suddenly arrived in the UK from North America through videos like Malcolm McLaren's Buffalo Gals (1982) and films such as Wild Style (1983). It marked the start of a global cultural...

Edward Kamau Brathwaite (1930-2020) – a mind of many talents

Monday, February 10, 2020

Blog by Dr Philip Abraham, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library Edward Kamau Brathwaite, poet, activist and historian, was one of the towering figures of modern Caribbean literary and intellectual history, and a writer whose versatility and...

Walter Rodney's Enduring Legacy Through Archival Collaboration

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Walter Rodney; image courtesy of the Huntley Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, LMA 4463 series Nearly forty years ago, on 13 June 1980, Guyanese historian, political activist and academic Walter Rodney was assassinated. Family, friends and fans across the world mourned...

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