AboutSince 2013, British Library Labs has been inviting researchers, educators, developers and artists from around the world to work with us to address important research questions or undertake creative endeavours using the Library’s digital content and data.

The Labs initiative is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and supports and inspires the public use of the British Library’s digital collections and data in exciting and innovative ways. Through our annual Competition, Awards, and range of events and collaborative projects, we provide the necessary support to make innovative ideas happen, and in turn gain first-hand knowledge of how to shape our digital services and collections to ensure they are fit for purpose in the digital age.

If you’d like to get in touch please email us at labs@bl.uk or follow us on Twitter @BL_Labs.


Ben O'Steen, Technical Lead BL Labs (from August 2013 to July 2018)
Hana Lewis, Project Officer BL Labs (from 2015 to 2017)

Advisory Board Members

Current Members

David De Roure - Professor of e-research, Oxford e-research Centre, University of Oxford
Tim Hitchcock - Professor of Digital History, University of Sussex
George Oates - Director of Good, Form & Spectacle Ltd
Andrew Prescott - Professor of Digital Humanities (English Language), University of Glasgow
Bill Thompson - Head of Partnership of Archive Development Group, BBC
Melissa Terras - Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL)

Past Members

Claire Warwick - Professor in the Department of English Studies and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the Vice-Chancellor's Office, University of Durham

Project Board Members (at the British Library)

Current members

Adam Farquhar - Head of Digital Scholarship
Mahendra Mahey - Manager of British Library Labs
Eleanor Cooper - Project Officer for British Library Labs
Michele Burton - Head of Trusts and Foundations
Paul Clements - Head of Architecture and Design
Maja Maricevic - Head of Higher Education
Richard Price - Head of Contemporary British Collections
Neil Fitzgerald - Head of Digital Research
Jerry Shillito - Head of Operations South, Business Change

Past Members

Richard Boulderstone
Aly Conteh
Kristian Jensen
Hana Lewis (former Project Officer for British Library Labs from 2015 to 2017)
Ben O'Steen (former Technical Lead BL Labs from August 2013 to July 2018)
Catherine Eagleton - Head of Asian & African Collections