Projects and partnerships

British Library partnership

We actively lead on and support research.

We work closely with the research community to enhance our collections and generate new knowledge about them. We partner on suitable research projects across all disciplines, nationally and internationally, in a variety of ways. Find out how to propose a new research collaboration with us.

Interdisciplinary and international remit

The British Library collections are world-renowned for research across arts and humanities, social sciences, and the history of science, technology and medicine. As an institution that covers all subjects and time periods we are a unique resource for interdisciplinary research.

We offer international experts year-long professional research placements through the UK government’s international awards scheme, Chevening.

We also have growing expertise in digital scholarship and large-scale data analytics. We have a dedicated digital scholarship department and we are a strategic partner in the Alan Turing Institute.

In addition, we have a small number of long-term strategic partnerships with Higher Education Institutions and other research organisations.  These partnershipselp us advance our core purposes outlined in Living Knowledge.

Our research partnerships and collaborations bring benefits to our collections, to researchers and to the wider public, both in the UK and across the world. 

Independent Research Organisation status

We have Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status with UK Research Councils. This means we are able to lead funding applications to them.

Our IRO status with the AHRC has enabled us to develop an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme. For more information about this programme see our Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships page.

We have significant experience of working with research partners to attract joint funding from other funding councils and trusts. For examples of our current and past funded projects, see our project pages

Staff expertise

Our staff members are involved with research projects at all levels, from leading on academic funding bids, to co-supervising PhD students with university partners.

To find out more about how our collections are organised, and the research interests and expertise of British Library staff, visit our research expertise page

Further information

To find out more, or to discuss proposals for potential research collaborations, contact the research development team:



Find out how to work with us on a collaborative research project.

Proposing a new research collaboration with the British Library

How to propose a new research collaboration with the British Library.

Research Collaboration projects

True Echoes

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

Computing for Cultural Heritage

Drawing together experts from British Library, The National Archives and Birkbeck University, this project will co-develop a new one year part-time PGCert in 'Computing for Cultural Heritage'. This course will provide cultural heritage professionals with a grounding in computational approaches to navigate the sector's data-driven landscape confidently.

Living with Machines

Living with Machines is a major five year inter-disciplinary research project using data science and artificial intelligence to analyse the human impact of the industrial revolution.

Chevening Fellowships

Year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders

Two Centuries of Indian Print

An international collaboration to digitise South Asian printed books

Delius, Modernism, and the Sound of Place

Using manuscripts and digital technologies to understand the composer Frederick Delius

All projects