Research Report

Two researchers discussing a book

Each year, we publish a Research Report that focuses on the previous academic year. We hope that these publications not only celebrate the considerable contribution that our colleagues make to research, but might inspire future research collaborations and partnerships.

202122 Research Report

Our 2021–22 Research Report includes features a range of exhibitions activity, a spotlight on visual arts, and activity supporting the development of Library staff.

Download the 2021–22 Research Report.

Previous editions

2012–21 Research Report

Our fifth Research Report has a particular focus on digital research, as well as the return of on-site activity with the easing of pandemic restrictions. Our partnershipswith organisations across a range of sectors is another highlight of this edition, enabling us to do more in collaboration than we can on our own.

Download the 2020–21 Research Report.

2019–20 Research Report

The 2019–20 Research Report reflects on the Library’s research portfolio during the pandemic. It features content on our doctoral research, collaborative projects, events, exhibitions and international fellowships, as well as a deep-dive into our involvement in the Towards a National Collection programme.

Download the 201920 Research Report.

2018–19 Research Report

Our 2018–19 Research Report showcases a range of our research activity, from three-month PhD placements to the five-year collaborative project Living with Machines. This report has a particular focus on international research, with features including the True Echoes project, British Library Chevening Fellows, and the International Dunhuang Project.

You’ll also find news of our ongoing activities like Doctoral Open Days, doctoral research, and how we support acquisitions and exhibitions.

Download the 2018–19 Research Report.

2017–18 Research Report

The 201718 report presents highlights from across our research portfolio, from doctoral research and international fellowship programmes, to research projects that feed into our exhibitions and learning resources, and practice-led research that underpins cutting-edge Library activity in areas such as conservation and digital preservation.

Highlights include a special look at the research that went into the sell-out exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. Another in-depth case study examines The Business of Women’s Words project, a collaboration between the British Library and the universities of Sussex and Cambridge that explores the Library's Virago Press and Spare Rib archives.

Download the 201718 Research Report.

2016–17 Research Report

Our inaugural Research Report covers the academic year 201617, discussing our range of activities from early career research to major collaborative national and international projects. It shows the creative and scholarly research that the Library is involved in, on subjects as diverse as health and disease in British India, feminist publishing and the works of Stefan Zweig.

The report includes commentary from staff, students and our partners, showing the personal and professional impact of the analysis, interpretation and knowledge exchange made possible by research funding. It also looks at the outputs of our research, including how we engage with others beyond the academic community through a range of publications and activities, from websites to books, to workshops and exhibitions.

Download the 201617 Research Report.