A one-day seminar organised by the Romance Collections section of the British Library in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department of the French Embassy and the French Studies Library Group.

This event, organised on 20 November 2023, brings together leading specialists from academia, libraries and the book trade to explore French printed, archival, and digital collections in all their richness and diversity from across the United Kingdom.

Found in major public institutions as well as hidden in lesser-known collections, they reflect the British Isles’ continuous engagement with France.

Themes include collections of caricatures; the Second World War; Artists’ Books; Anglo-French collectors and their collections; and the French community in Britain.

This one-day seminar also considers how libraries shape research, and how they can play a role in cultural diplomacy.