Exploring the Collections: Pre-1600

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Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

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: Greek and Latin papyri; extensive collections of British and European manuscript books; charters, rolls and maps; a collection of incunabula that is unrivalled in size and scope, and very rich 16th-century printed collections from across Europe.

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 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.

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

Comments from previous attendees:

Helpful information, delivered in an interesting and enjoyable way. A well-organised day.

The British Library is like the toolkit every scholar aspires to have.

Excellent way to make researchers feel welcome.

See a provisional programme for this event (PDF)


Name: Exploring the Collections: Pre-1600
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546