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

Remembering Dr King: US Black activism in the UK and beyond

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This is the second of two blog posts responding to the murder of George Floyd, and the international Black Lives Matter protests.

Hell You Talmbout

Thursday, June 4, 2020

On 25 May in Minneapolis, an unarmed man was murdered by police officers while being arrested for suspicion of “passing counterfeit currency” ($20). George Floyd. Say his name. His is the latest to join a long roster of black men...

¡La lotería! palabra mágica¡ ¡palabra encantadora!* The lotería! Magic word! Charming word!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Since I received greetings cards featuring the illustrations of the colourful Mexican game la lotería, I had wondered what we have in our collection at the British Library. I have soon discovered an amazing selection of books, and catalogues of...

A brief history of nursing in the US

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

It's international nursing day. We're not ones to miss an opportunity to discuss nursing history: it is a fascinating field that has evolved massively since early narratives that related 'great deeds' and celebrated nurses as angels and saints. By taking...

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