Training and events

British Library Doctoral Open Day

We convene and support research events and training activities throughout the year.

Our programme includes engagement activities that inspire research interest in our resources, collections and services, or that promote the wider understanding and discussion of evidence-based research.

We deliver a dedicated series of events to support postgraduate and early career researchers and contribute to the development of the UK research skills base. We regularly go ‘on the road’ to contribute to doctoral training workshops and conferences across the country.

To discuss ways of working with us contact

For information about the Library’s main public and cultural events visit our What’s On pages.

Doctoral Open Days 

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days is aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. These events usually run in January and February and focus on specific areas of the collections. As well as a broad, thematic overview of relevant research resources, attending an Open Day provides a unique networking opportunity and a chance to speak with our curatorial and reference teams. To join the mailing list, contact

Find out more about what happens on the day and how past attendees have benefited from coming along.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership training programme 

In tandem with a national consortium of museums, archives, galleries and heritage organisations, we deliver a specialist training programme for PhD researchers funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme.

Online courses 

We are working with FutureLearn and university partners to develop online courses based around our content and collections.

Higher Education

The British Library Learning team coordinates a range of opportunities for current university students to engage with British Library collections. This includes the King’s College London MA in Early Modern English Literature – a unique course offering the chance to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, in light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts.