Research Grants, British Library

Research Grants (Endangered Archives Programme)

British Library

Application deadline: 4th November 2016

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

NB The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society’s development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.

These grants will be the primary means by which Arcadia will contribute to the urgent task of identifying, preserving and making accessible such archival collections before they are lost to international scholarship forever.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Intern, British Library

Intern in Ancient Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts (00869)

British Library

Application deadline: 15th July 2016

Full Time (36 hours per week over 5 days)

Fixed Term for 9 months

Start date in October 2016

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-graduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or other relevant subject.

The primary focus of the internship will be to enhance our Explore Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue, by creating catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts from the Harley collection. In addition, the intern will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries, providing talks for students and patrons, selecting and presenting manuscripts for display in our exhibition gallery, and cataloguing, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care. During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

This internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop research skills and expertise in medieval history and manuscripts, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences. Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or have recently completed a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of medieval manuscripts and who have a right to work in the UK full time.

The term of internship is full time (36 hours per week over 5 days) for 9 months. The salary is £9.40 per hour, which is the current London Living Wage. The internship will start in October 2016 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed.

Applicants are asked to include answers to the following questions within their Supporting Statement:

  1. Please give examples of your experience in cataloguing medieval manuscripts.
  2. Please provide examples of your experience in writing about your research for a general audience.

Closing Date: 15 July 2016

Interviews will be held on 16 August 2016. The selection process may include questions about the date and origin of a particular manuscript to be shown at the interview.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Internship, British Library

Internship, Curatorial (Asian and African Collections)

British Library

Application deadline: 20th June 2016

Salary: £9.40 per hour
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Curator, Conservation, Collection Care
Date Posted: 5/27/2016
Reference: 00860


  • Full Time (6 months) or Part Time (6 months’ equivalent over a longer period)
  • Internship to be completed on or before 31 March 2017

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship opportunity in the Library’s Asian and African Collections Department to candidates with degree-level knowledge of, or first-language proficiency in one of the priority languages identified below and a degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the chosen theme.

The priority areas and languages for 2016 are:

  1. Armenian
  2. Sinhalese
  3. Archaeological photographs of sites in Syria
  4. Publications proscribed by the Government of India, 1910-1947

The intern will work on conversion of our old card and printed catalogues into records for the British Library’s main catalogue, enabling these important collections to be more easily discoverable by Library Readers and therefore opening up access to the Asian and African language collections. Working alongside curators, the intern will also gain experience of the full range of curatorial work in the department, through a professional development plan developed in discussion with the curatorial team.

The term of internship is either full time (36 hours per week) for six months, or part time (over a longer time-period, to a maximum of 6 months’ full-time equivalent), and completed on or before 31 March 2017. The salary is £9.40 per hour, which is the London Living Wage. The internship will start after relevant security clearances are obtained. Candidates must have eligibility to work in the UK.

Applicants are asked to specify within the application which internship is of particular interest to you, and your skills and expertise relating to it, as well as the work pattern (full or part time) you would prefer.

For more details and to apply, click here.

Training – Ottoman and Archival Studies


Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies

London; Oxford;  Surrey; Birmingham

23rd – 27th May 2016

Registration deadline: 29th April 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Fred Anscombe Head of Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Colin Heywood Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, UK

Dr Nur Sobers-Khan British Library, Lead Curator for South Asia

The London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) is proud to announce a 2nd Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies to be held in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading research and academic institutions and led by renowned Ottoman experts.

The Programme is designed to fill the gap for much-needed short-term programmes aimed at helping researchers and students working in the field of Ottoman Studies. As a result, the Programme will give you access to the finest Ottoman resources available in the UK and guide you on key archival research methods.

Over the course of the week, you will visit world-famous libraries and archives including the Ottoman manuscripts collection at the British Library; the Weston and Oriental Institute Libraries at Oxford University; the Wellcome Library; the UK National Archives; and the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts at Birmingham University.

In each of these institutions you will be able to explore fascinating original documents illustrating the diversity and wealth of the Ottoman heritage in arts, literature, science, law, diplomacy, medicine, astronomy, and naval warfare. You will also learn about Al-Furqan Foundation’s Digital Portal, which contains catalogues of Islamic manuscripts held in libraries around the world as well as other unique reference sources in the field of Islamic written heritage.

While you will attend a number of fascinating talks on relevant topics by well-known experts in the field, the Programme also includes a seminar-discussion co-hosted by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, where you will have the opportunity to present and discuss your own research.

The content of the Programme includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • The current state of Ottoman studies: trends and challenges
  • Ottoman Historical Studies since 1909: early scholars in the context of Archival Research
  • Research on the court registers (siciller): methodologies and results
  • An overview of medieval and early modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: tax documents, customs accounts, port books, state papers)
  • An overview of modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: Foreign Office & Colonial Office registers and indexes, Cabinet papers, maps and photographs)
  • Understanding archives as key to understanding records
  • A hand-written book vs. a hand-written archival item: differences and misconceptions
  • The Arabic script and its role in preservation of knowledge in the Ottoman Empire
  • The diversity of languages of the Ottoman Empire
  • A viewing of the Ottoman manuscripts and rare books held in the beautiful Bahari Room at the Weston Library at Oxford University.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this exciting and diverse programme!

Contact for enquiries:

Rosa Vercoe

LCSS reserves the right to amend the content of the Programme in the event of unforeseeable circumstances