Doctoral Students Open Day 2020 British and European from Antiquity to 1600

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Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students new to the Library

This event takes an interdisciplinary approach to our ancient, medieval and 16th-century western heritage collections. It will appeal to all researchers who are interested in working with these collections at the British Library, including those undertaking PhDs in the areas of history, literature, history of art, religion, and the history of science and medicine.  You will be introduced to the full scope of these collections and learn how to unlock their potential to support your research.

The British Library is a major resource for students of the ancient, medieval and early modern worlds, with internationally important manuscript and printed collections which support study across many disciplines. The collections include: extensive collections of British and European manuscript books; charters, rolls and maps; a collection of incunabula that is unrivalled in size and scope; very rich 16th-century printed collections from across Europe.

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, as a starting point for your own research.

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.

View a draft programme for the day [PDF]

Booking is essential

To prepare for the Open Days:

Follow the link in your confirmation email to complete our pre-event survey.

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Check the email address you used for booking to receive updated information and timings in the run up to the event.

Previous Doctoral Open Day attendee

“Whole day very well organised and inspiring. Very good opportunity to meet others with a passion for their subject”

“Many thanks for a wonderful and informative day! It was really lovely to meet and talk to some fellow PhD students too”

“A very interesting day - thank you!”     


Name: Doctoral Students Open Day 2020 British and European from Antiquity to 1600
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546