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. It is also home to extensive foreign language collections and other materials relating to Europe and the rest of the world. Our holdings include printed editions, newspapers, manuscript works, literary sources, photographs, artwork, maps and reports. The Library holds the most complete collection of 19th century published books, pamphlets, periodicals and newspapers from Britain, Ireland and many of the colonies – all complemented by a rich collection of Victorian ephemera, personal papers and extensive archival and manuscript collections.
This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 19th century studies. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with the British Library collections, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history, literature, drama, art & design, modern languages and the 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.
These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library and are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections.
Each day focuses on a different thematic area of the Library’s collections – just select the one that will be most useful for your research. Booking essential.
See the programme here.
Comments from previous attendees
- The 19th C day was both very interesting and also very helpful. I look forward to visiting the BL again before long.
- Presentations by passionate enthusiasts
- Great day, great place, great staff Thank you, very professional and impressive knowledge sharing. This has opened up many possibilities for research.