Exploring the Collections: 20th & 21st Century

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The British Library holds the world's pre-eminent collection of manuscript, archival, digital and print sources for the study of 20 & 21st 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.

This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 20 & 21st century studies. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with the modern and contemporary collections at the British Library, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history, literature, drama, art & design, cultural studies, history of 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 Doctoral Open Days provide an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days is aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on one aspect of the Library’s collections. You are welcome to attend the day you will find most useful to you.  Lunch and refreshments are provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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Name: Exploring the Collections: 20th & 21st Century
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546