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 20th & 21st 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, zines and the output of small presses, manuscript works, literary sources and personal papers and archives, photographs, maps and reports.
This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to 20th & 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, philosophy, literature, drama, art & design, cultural studies and modern languages. 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. This event complements a related Open Day – Exploring the Collections: Social Sciences – that is focused more around social science research. You are encouraged to check out the programmes for both events and attend the one that relates most closely to your research interests. If you are interested in booking more than one event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Booking essential.
See the programme here.
Comments from previous attendees:
- A great introduction to using the Library
- All useful and enjoyable
- Meeting the Curators is enjoyable and useful