Exploring the Collections: 19th Century

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Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

The British Library holds the world's pre-eminent collection of manuscript, archival, digital and print sources for the study of 19th century Britain and Ireland, in both domestic and international contexts. Our extensive collections include printed editions, newspapers, manuscript works, literary sources and personal papers, photographs, maps and reports. The library holds the most complete collection of published books, pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers from Britain, Ireland and many of the colonies, as a direct result of increasing effectiveness of legal deposit legislation during the course of the century. The collections also reflect the Victorian trend for donating private collections of ephemera and other documents to the library of the British Museum.

This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 19th century studies. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with the 19th century Western Heritage Collections at the British Library, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history, literature, drama, art & design, science and technology. You will be introduced to the full scope of these collections and learn how to unlock their potential to support your research.

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days is aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. They provide an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Comments from previous attendees: 

Helpful information, delivered in an interesting and enjoyable way. A well-organised day.

The British Library is like the toolkit every scholar aspires to have.

Excellent way to make researchers feel welcome.

See a provisional programme for this event (PDF)


Name: Exploring the Collections: 19th Century
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546