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British Library - Meet the Curators

British Library – Meet the curators

March 2018 (26th or 28th) at the British Library, London, (with apologies the previously advertised 2 March session has been cancelled)

CHASE PhD students are invited to participate in one of three seminars at the British Library in March 2018 to discuss and explore British Library research collections and resources.

The seminars are an opportunity to meet BL curators, reference specialists and collaborative PhD students for an inside view on the Library’s collection and research resources. Bringing together researchers working in the Reading Rooms and curators and collaborative PhDs working ‘behind the scenes’, each seminar will explore different aspects of the broad theme of space and spatial research. As befits a collection that covers 3,000 years – from some of the earliest written records to the born-digital websites, archives and publications of the present day – and which includes material in almost all languages, a wide variety of research angles will be under discussion – driven largely by the interests and expertise of the participants. We are particularly keen to hear from PhD researchers who are already using the BL or who plan on doing so in the near future.

Deadline for applications:  Wednesday 28 February. Please use the form at the end of this page to apply for a place.

 Keynote speakers and BL participants

 Each seminar will feature a keynote talk from academic experts at CHASE institutions, short talks by BL curators about relevant collections and resources, and a reference session focusing on how to find relevant materials via the BL’s catalogues. Whilst each presentation will naturally be shaped by the expertise and interests and the speaker, we are interested in exploring space and spatial research in as broad a way as possible, looking at common interests and themes across different academic subjects and collection areas.

 Confirmed participants for each seminar include:

Date26 March28 March
Keynote talk Sue Currell (Sussex): Research interests: US history,
culture and literature. Sue is currently supervising an
AHRC Collaborative PhD with the BL on US Political Pamphlets,
Nicholas Vincent (UEA): Research interests:
English and European history in the 12th and
13th centuries. Nicholas collaborated on the BL’s
Magna Carta exhibition in 2015
BL curators Helena Byrne (Web Archivist); Penny Brook (Head of India
Office Records); Katya Rogatchevskaia (Lead Curator East European Collections); Zoe Wilcox (Curator, Contemporary Performance & Creative Archives); Beth Cooper (Curator, Latin American & Caribbean Collections)
Felicity Myrone (Lead Curator, Western Prints
and Drawings); Antonia Moon (Lead Curator, post-1858 India Office Records); Francisca Fuentes (Curator, North American Pub Collections); Stella Wisdom (Digital Curator); Andrea Zarza (Curator, World & Traditional Music Collections)
BL/AHRC/CDP students Hannah Connell (Russian migration and diaspora publishing); Jodie Collins (US Political Pamphlets 1920-1945); Naomi Oppenheim (British-Caribbean Popular Culture, 1948-1998)Pauline McGonagle (The works of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala); Emilia Henderson (Franco-Saxon manuscripts in the 9th century)

Draft programme for each seminar

11.00 – 11.15 Welcome and introductions

11.15 – 12.00 Keynote talk

12.00 – 12.45 Student talks 1: Quick-fire thesis presentations by students about their own research in this area

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.15 Student talks 2: Quick-fire thesis presentations by students about their own research in this area

14.15 – 15.15 Short talks by BL curators about how their collections might be able to support research on the theme

15.15 – 15.45 Break. Tea/coffee

15.45 – 16.30 Session on how to search for and order relevant collection items

16.30 – 17.00 Close.  Opportunities to register as Readers or visit the BL’s Treasures Gallery or free Entrance Hall exhibition: Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

 How to apply for a place

The seminars are open to CHASE students at any stage of their PhD research. All participants will be expected to deliver a short (c. 10 mins) talk at the seminar they attend, summarising their research and use of the BL collections. Places are limited, so priority will be given to those whose research is drawing (or has the potential to draw) most heavily on BL collections or resources that are relevant to the theme of the seminars.

To apply for a place, please use the form below.

Name *
The date(s) of the seminar(s) you are available to attend (tick all that apply)

Deadline for applications:  Monday 5 February