British Library Exhibition: Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Have you ever wondered about maps and how they have shaped the world we live in? If so, why not attend the British Library’s Maps and the 20th century: Drawing the Line exhibition which will be exploring the political, historical and societal impact of maps.

Highlights include:

  • The original sketch of today’s London Underground
  • Some of the first satellite imagery from the 1990s
  • First map of the Hundred Acre Wood
  • Secret spy maps, via the New York Subway.

The exhibition runs until 1 March 2017 and students can purchase tickets for £5.

For enquiries, please contact the Library’s Box Office.

Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546

Call for Applications: British Library PhD placement scheme

The British Library  is currently open for applications to its PhD placement scheme. 14 different placement projects are being offered under this current Call. These have been selected to support teams based across the Library to carry out a range of projects and activities, whilst also providing unique professional development opportunities for PhD researchers. It is not necessary for the project to relate directly to your PhD topic or specific research interests. Rather, these placements are seen as a means to develop and apply transferrable research, communications and analytical skills outside the university sector.

Under the current Call, placements are available in the following areas:

  • Independent, DIY, and Activist BAME Publishing, in Print and Online, in 21st century Britain
  • Charting the King’s Maritime Collection
  • 21st Century British Comics
  • Contemporary Collecting from Australasia
  • Researching the EU Referendum Through Leaflet and Web Archive Collections
  • Privy Council Appeal Cases
  • Developing Access to the Evolving English VoiceBank
  • The Printed Books of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), Physician and Collector
  • Exploring and Recording Textiles in the British Library Collections
  • Understanding the Network Power of the Living Knowledge Network
  • Greek Papyri of Late Antique Egypt
  • Data Mining of Doctoral Theses
  • The Representation and Interpretation of James Cook’s Voyages in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Karl Marx and the British Library

Each project offers bespoke training and professional development opportunities, plus wide scope to shape the specific focus of the activities and outputs around your own interests and expertise.

For full profiles of each placement project, as well as the application guidelines and timetable, please visit:

The application deadline is February 20 2017. Interviews will take place in March/April 2017.

Contact for all queries – See more at:




British Library PGR Open Days

The British Library is running a series of Open Days for Doctoral Students, taking place in January, February and March 2017.

The Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the British Library’s collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help students navigate the physical and online collections.

As well as hearing from the library’s expert and friendly staff, students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines. Each day concentrates on a different aspect of the library’s collections and most take an inter-disciplinary approach.

Interested in attending? Then pick the day you think will be most helpful with your studies!

The Open Days are as follows:

Asian &African Collections 16 January
News & Media 13-Jan
Social Sciences 30-Jan
Boston Spa 01-Feb
 Music Collections 13-Feb
Pre 1600 Collections 20-Feb
17 & 18th Century Collections 27 February
19th Century Collections 6 March
20th & 21st Century Collections 13 March

All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on 1 February 2017, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please go to the British Library’s website.

Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.

British Library PhD Research Spring Symposium: Global Voices in the Archive

Global Voices in the ArchiveBritish Library
21st March 2016

The British Library Conference Centre. 96 Euston Road. London NW1 2DB

Registration is now open!

Join the British Library’s collaborative PhD students and curators for an exploration of new research drawing on the Library’s archives and collections. Speakers at various stages of their PhD projects will explore the theme of ‘translation’ – both in a literal sense, investigating the hidden lives and work of translators and interpreters as revealed in the archive, and more broadly in terms of how languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives are communicated and understood within, between, and across different cultures and contexts. The event will also gather reflections from early-career academics and final year PhD students on how working with the archives has changed the direction of their research. See attached for the latest programme.

About the keynote speaker: Tom Overton will address the theme of migration in the archive. Tom Overton is writing two books for Penguin/ Allen Lane: The Good Archivist, on archives and migration, and John Berger’s biography. He edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists for Verso; Landscapes: John Berger on Art is out in Autumn 2016. He catalogued Berger’s archive as part of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, worked on the BL’s Discovering Literature Project and wrote an online history of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the British Council. Tom is a Fellow of the Centre for Life-writing Research, King’s College London, and  has been Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence and Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute. There’s a collection of his writing at

The event is free to attend, but advance registration is needed. Register at:

For more information, contact

British Library’s series of Open Days for new PhD students

The British Library’s series of Open Days for new PhD students start this January. You can see details all of the Open Days here. The Open Days are designed to introduce new PhD students to the Library and students will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff as well as other researchers in their field. In addition to an understanding of the Library’s collections, the students gain a wider introduction to the information landscape in their field including research opportunities opening up in digital environment.

Each Open Day has a specific focus and students are encouraged to attend the event they feel is most relevant to their area of research. The Music Day, for example may be relevant to anthropology students who could be interested in our pop and ethno-musicological collections.

The Open Days are as follows:

  • English & Drama – Monday 19 January
  • Digital Scholarship – Friday 23 January
  • Music – Friday 30 January
  • Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism – Friday 6 February
  • Art & Design – Friday 6 February
  • History 1 – Monday 16 February
  • History 2 (repeat of 1) –Friday 20 February
  • Asian & African Studies – Friday 27 February

Full details of all the Open Days, including how to book, are available on our website. Places cost £5.00 and this includes lunch. Some of the events are fully booked or approaching capacity – if so students can register to go on a reserve list. They will be contacted directly should a place become available.