We know that 2020 has been a testing time for everyone, and that challenges are ongoing for researchers and academics at all levels. In light of the ongoing pandemic, British Library (BL) too have had to make significant changes to the Library’s established series of Doctoral Open Days and are now looking forward to engaging with new researchers in a different, but nonetheless engaging and inspirational way.

In early 2021 BL will be offering all first-year PhD researchers the opportunity to hear from their expert staff via a programme of free online webinars. In a series of modules they will explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, with increased focus on BL digital collections and resources.

The webinars will take place every Wednesday afternoon between 14 January and 3 March 2021, starting with a first general introduction and followed by additional events exploring more specific collection areas. BL strongly recommends that all interested PhD researchers attend the first module Getting Started: Researching at the British Library on 14 January. Researchers are then welcome to join as many of the other modules as they are interested in. All modules are free to attend.

The complete programme, and links to register, can be found here.

This series of events can introduce you to the research opportunities available at the BL, and be the foundation to apply to the BL’s own Placement Scheme or to plan a placement of your design as part of our NWCDTP Researcher-Led Placements.