Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century

Exploring the Collections: 17 & 18th 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 17th- and 18th-century Britain and Ireland, in both domestic and international contexts, and much valuable material relating to the rest of the world. Our extensive collections include printed editions, newspapers and pamphlets, letters and diaries of individuals and the papers of institutions, literary sources, artwork, maps and reports.

This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 17th- and 18th-century studies. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with the Western Heritage Collections at the British Library, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history and politics, literature, drama, art & design, and history of science.  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. 

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

These events are 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 is essential.

Comments from previous attendees: 

The whole day was superb and it was so worth it.

Very helpful and interesting day. I now feel a lot more confident using the British Library

The enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff – definitely encourages me to return to the library soon!


Name: Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full price: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546