A reminder for PhD students with research interests relating to the ancient, medieval and early modern worlds: the British Libraryâ€™s Doctoral Open Day for our pre-1600 collections will take place on 5 February 2018. The day is aimed at first-year doctoral students who would like to learn more about finding and using our collection material for their research. The approach is interdisciplinary and useful for students working on topics in classics, history, literature, history of art, religion, and the history of science and medicine. You can book your place on the Events page. A ticket to attend costs Â£10, including lunch and refreshments. The number of places is limited, so booking in advance is necessary.
Beginning of genealogy of King William I (1066â€“1087), in the centre, from a genealogical roll of the kings of England from the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy to Edward I (1272â€“1307), England, c. 1300â€“1340: Royal MS 14 B VI, membrane 5r
On the Open Day you will be introduced to the wide range of manuscript and early printed collections at the British Library and the practicalities of finding and using them in your research. The sessions will help explain how to use and access the catalogues, databases and other relevant online resources relating to each collection area. There is also a session specifically on digital research. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to get a closer introduction to some of our collection items.
The incipit page of the Gospel of St John, Gospel book, Northern France, c. 875â€“900: Harley MS 2797, f. 132r
09.45â€“10.15 Registration & refreshments
10.15â€“10.30 Welcome, speed networking & EThOS (Allan Sudlow, Head of Research Development)
10.30â€“10.45 British Library Collections: Introduction & Overview (Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Heritage Collections)
10.45â€“11.00 Comfort break
11.00â€“11.40 Medieval Manuscripts (Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts)
11.40â€“12.10 Early Printed Collections (Karen Limper-Herz, Lead Curator Incunabula & 16th Century Books)
12.10â€“12.30 Early Maps (Magdalena Pezko, Curator, Map Collections)
13.30â€“14.15 Reading Room Session/Meet the Curators (Nicola Beech & Claire Wotherspoon, Maps & Manuscripts Reference Team)
14.15â€“15.00 Reading Room Session/Meet the Curators (Nicola Beech & Claire Wotherspoon, Maps & Manuscripts Reference Team)
15.30â€“16.00 Digital Research Session (Mia Ridge, Digital Curator)
16.00â€“16.20 The Art of History and the History of Art (Alixe Bovey, Head of Research, Courtauld Institute of Art)
16.20â€“16.30 Questions, Feedback forms and Close
Miniature of Joanna of Castile (b. 1479, d. 1555) kneeling, flanked by St John the Baptist and her guardian angel with the arms of Joanna and those of her husband, Philip the Fair (b. 1478, d. 1506), Book of Hours of Joanna of Castile, Netherlands, 1486-1506: Add MS 18852, f. 26r
The Pre-1600 Collections Day on 5 February is part of the British Libraryâ€™s 2017/18 series of Doctoral Open Days, which covers all the different collection areas. You can read more about the entire series here. To find out about how previous Doctoral Open Days have helped early-stage PhD students and what the most commonly mentioned benefits are, take a look at 5 reasons to attend a British Library Doctoral Open Day.
If you do not already have one, we also recommend that you register for a free Reader Pass in advance so that you can make the most of the Open Day. We look forward to welcoming many new postgraduate students to the Library on 5 February.
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