Monthly Archives: June 2013

The British Library’s Pursuit of Books

I’ve spent time this year looking at hundreds of medieval manuscript books at the British Library. In some cases I’ve noted characteristics that are shared by books with similar shelf marks, and in other cases I’ve been baffled by the variety within the collections. So, I decided to write a blog post about the British […]

Getting your hands on some vellum…

I’ve recently celebrated my 200th anniversary. That is, in the course of the last eight months, I have got my paws on two hundred medieval and early modern manuscripts in the British Library. And, oh, what a privilege it has been. Even after seeing so many ‘in the vellum’, every one is still special. But […]

On … Your Working Environment

When I was a Ph.D. student, I’d meet people who were curious about what I was doing with my time. ‘I’m studying medieval literature and history at the University of York’, I’d explain, or something like it according to my mood and inclination. ‘Ooh – York, such an historic city! That must be the best […]

(Re)Presenting the Archives

I know that, when it comes to blogging conferences, one should really strike whilst the iron is hot and post one’s thoughts soon after the conference has finished. However, almost a week has passed since the excellent (Re)Presenting the Archives conference at the University of Sheffield and I find myself blogging about it now, because […]