March 2012
Higher Education

This month we are launching the exciting new British Library Sounds website, as well as comparing maps past and present

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British Library Sounds

Open Days

Georeferencing Project

Event Highlights

Social Science Users 

British Library Sounds Website


Just launched, the new British Library Sounds website lets you listen to 50,000 tracks of music, spoken word and environments, dating from the 1900s to the present day. You can also browse our very popular sound maps including dialects from all over Britain and thousands of nature sounds This is a taste of the Library's vast sound collection, which includes over 3.5 million items.

Members at licensed UK universities and colleges may additionally download tracks for their research.

Start listening now

Postgraduate Open Days

November 2011 - February 2012


Between November 2011 and February 2012, we welcomed 350 PhD students to the British Library to attend postgraduate open days in History, the Social Sciences and English. The days were a great success, and showed students how to make the most of the Library and its collections. 

We are keen to know how we can support PhD students in the future, and what kind of training opportunities researchers would like to see available.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact highereducation@bl.uk


Georeferencing Project
Online crowdsourcing project completed

Are you interested in local history and old maps? Georeferencing historic maps was the goal of a recent, highly successful online crowdsourcing project. 100%
of the 17th-19th century maps of England, Wales and London were completed in just one week.

The maps are now viewable with online geographic technologies and have already been integrated into the JISC-funded Old Maps portal. More maps collections will be made available in this way in the near future.

Explore maps now

Event highlights

Social Science users

W.T. Stead Conference
16 - 17 April
2 Day Ticket: £85/ £75 concessions
Single day rate: £45
This conference marks the centenary of the death of W.T. Stead, pioneer of investigative journalism.

City Stories from China
18 April, 18.30 - 20.00
£7.50 / £5
Hear from exciting young authors working in China today.

Manuscripts Still Matter
30 April, 9.00 - 18.00
Exploring the importance of literary archives, with Wendy Cope and Andrew Motion.

Have you been using Social Science materials at the British Library for postgraduate or academic research? If so, we would like to hear from you. As part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between the ESRC and British Library, we are creating a website that showcases the best of the collections.

Within this project there is an opportunity for researchers of all career-stages to contribute a short piece detailing their work, and how it has been informed and enhanced by the materials and resources of the Social Sciences.

Please get in touch by emailing tom.hulme@bl.uk

Our website has lots of information about events, resources and support for Social Scientists. 
Visit the website now 

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