Publication of 2018-19 Research Report

Cover of report, with text: British Library; Research Report 2018-19. Purple background. Detail of a photograph of wax phonograph cylinders.

Our third annual Research Report presents highlights from our research activity in the 2018–19 academic year.

Published date:

For the first time, this edition of the report is launched as a digital first publication, as ongoing social distancing measures limit our face-to-face activity. We look forward to sharing print copies of the report with you as soon as we can.


Download the 201819 Research Report.

These annual reports showcase the wide range of research activity we support, from three-month PhD placements, to multi-year collaborative projects.

This edition has a particular focus on international research, with features including the True Echoes project, British Library Chevening Fellows, and the International Dunhuang Project.

We also look at the five-year collaborative project Living with Machines, and include an interview with British Sociological Association Fellow Emma Abotsi.

As in previous editions, you will also find news of our ongoing programmes like Doctoral Open Days, doctoral research, and how we support acquisitions and exhibitions.

Missed an edition? You can look back at previous reports on the Research Collaboration webspace.

We welcome feedback on the report, so if you have any comments or suggestions for future editions, please get in touch with the Research Development Team.


Call for applications for 2023 PhD placement scheme

16 January 2023

We host a range of PhD placement projects each year, based in our specialist curatorial teams and in other areas such as research engagement, digital scholarship, corporate affairs and public policy.

Watch this space for our 2023 Doctoral Open Days!

23 November 2022

British Library Doctoral Open Days 2023

Publication of 2020-21 Research Report

4 October 2022

Publication of the British Library's 2020-21 Research Report.