Research Collaboration ‘Open House’

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Does your research draw on British Library content, collections and resources?

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Are you interested in finding out more about collaborative research opportunities or looking for fresh inspiration for your research? Join us for an 'Open House' networking event at the British Library on 23 April.

This half-day event will give you a chance to find out about some of our current research priorities and how to approach research collaboration with the British Library.

Many of our curatorial staff will be present and there will be ample opportunities for informal networking and discussion.

Who is it for?

The event is open to all academics interested in collaborating with the British Library, as well as staff from university research offices and related institutions.

Anyone interested in working with the British Library – or supporting colleagues to do so – is welcome to attend, even if your interests don’t match the areas being presented on the day. Curators from other collection areas will also be attending and there will be opportunities to speak to the Research Development team, who can provide general advice on collaboration and partnership with the British Library.

NB: This is not a 'sandpit' event or call for partners for any specific research programme or funding opportunity. Rather, it is an informal networking event that offers the chance to get to know some of the Library's curators and to get a flavour of collections and resources that can inspire new research and collaboration. Materials from six areas of the Library's collection will be presented on the day. However, we hope that the event will also be of interest to researchers working on other subject areas who are interested in research collaboration with the Library.


The event will take place in the British Library Knowledge Centre at St Pancras on the morning of Monday, 23 April, and will include a free networking lunch for all attendees.

A full programme is available here.


If you would like to attend, please email with the following information

  • Your job title & institutional affiliation
  • Areas of current research interest (if applicable)
  • Reason for attending/ what you’re hoping to get out of the day. (If you are already using British Library collections or have a specific project in mind that you would like to discuss, please provide details here, as it will help us facilitate networking on the day.)

As places are limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible, and by 17 April at the latest.

Find out more

More information about British Library research, including past and current collaborative projects, is available on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact

Research Collaboration projects

Towards a National Collection

British Library involvement in AHRC Programme Towards a National Collection

True Echoes

Reconnecting indigenous communities with historic audio records of the sung and spoken cultures of Australia and Oceania

Computing for Cultural Heritage

Trialing a new postgraduate certificate, Computing for Cultural Heritage, with The National Archives and Birkbeck University

Living with Machines

Major inter-disciplinary research project using data science and artificial intelligence to analyse the human impact of the industrial revolution


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Two Centuries of Indian Print

An international collaboration to digitise South Asian printed books

All projects


Research collaboration

We lead, support and inspire research across all disciplines and subject areas