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Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies


JOB: The British Library is recruiting a Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies on a 3 year fixed term contract. Salary scale: £31,076 to £35,202 per annum. Hours: Full time, 36 hours per week.

The British Library holds an outstanding collection of Classical and Byzantine manuscripts, including highlights such as Codex Alexandrinus, the Theodore Psalter, and the Aratea. More than 550 Greek manuscripts have already been published in full on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site, thanks to the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. By digitising these manuscripts, and by providing enhanced descriptions, the library has revolutionised access to this hugely important resource, making them freely available on-line for researchers and interested non-specialists to examine and research.

The British Library wishes to build on these achievements and is therefore currently advertising for the new post of Curator of Classical & Byzantine Studies (3 year, fixed-term contract). The successful candidate will join the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section within the History and Classics Department and will have responsibility for interpreting and actively promoting the Classical & Byzantine collections (both Greek and Latin) for researchers and the public to increase their use and appreciation more widely. They will also project-manage the digitisation and online presentation of the rest of the Library’s Greek manuscripts, so that the entire corpus is freely available to all anywhere in the world.

The BL is looking to appoint someone with a post-graduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject, and with extensive experience of research in Classical and/or Byzantine Studies. Strong knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin, excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and the ability to promote the collections to a wide range of audiences are essential.

To see a copy of the job profile and information about how to apply, please click here.

Application deadline: 7 April 2013. Interviews will be held on 22 April 2013.

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Temporary Unavailability of Select BL MSS

NEWS: Temporary Unavailability of Select Manuscripts from the British Library. This is a reminder that, due to essential maintenance works, some of the British Library’s Western Manuscripts material will be unavailable to readers from 10 January 2013 until 12 March 2013.

This work will affect a large portion of our high grade material (Select, Restricted and Z Safe). Readers will need to return any such items already issued to them by 9 January 2013. The library regrets that no exemptions can be made to this rule.

Surrogates are available for a significant number of the items affected. The BL is continuing to add full digital coverage of more manuscripts (including some affected by these temporary restrictions) to the Digitised Manuscripts site.

If you plan to consult manuscript material during this time, please contact British Library Customer Services.

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Social Media and Medieval Manuscripts

LECTURE: Julian Harrison, Developing an effective social media presence, London, The British Library, 29 January 2013. Registration is free, but places are limited so please book early.

On 29 January, 2013, Julian Harrison (Curator of Pre-1600 Historical Manuscripts) will be speaking at a workshop at the Institute of Historical Research, London, entitled Developing an effective social media presence. This event will explore ways in which organisations such as the British Library promote their collections, and how we use social media to engage with a diverse audience.

Following a panel session also featuring Laura Cowdrey (The National Archives) and Isabel Holowaty (University of Oxford), participants will join a discussion on how to develop and manage a social media presence.

The Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts section at the British Library is responsible for maintaining the BL blog, which has already exceeded 250,000 page views in 2012 alone. The blog and Twitter together are a great platform for announcing new acquisitions, events and exhibitions.

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Lindisfarne Gospels Back on Display

NEWS: The Lindisfarne Gospels Back on Display from 1 October 2012 until 1 January 2013 at The British Library, Sir John Ritblat Gallery.

The British Library is pleased to announce that, from 1 October 2012, the Lindisfarne Gospels is back on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, following its six-month conservation rest.

The Lindisfarne Gospels (MS Cotton Nero D.IV) is one of the Library’s greatest treasures, and was made around AD 700, probably on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. It is thought that the book is the work of one remarkably gifted artist, who produced both words and images, thereby giving the manuscript a coherent sense of design.

According to an inscription added at the end of the manuscript some time later, that artist was a monk called Eadfrith, who was Bishop of Lindisfarne from 698 to 721. The inscription records that Eadfrith wrote the book ‘for God and for St Cuthbert and – jointly – for all the saints whose relics are in the island’. It also describes the original binding made by Billfrith the anchorite, which included a cover adorned with gold, silver and precious gems.

On display until 1 January 2013 is a splendid opening from the canon tables before the first Gospel, decorated with the animal figures and intricate abstract designs characteristic of Anglo-Saxon art. These tables are the ‘Eusebian Canons’, which function as a system of cross-reference within the Gospels, and predate the division of the Bible into chapters. Each of ten canons lists episodes, identified by section numbers, held in common by all four Gospels, or any combination of them. The canons exhibited are six, seven and eight, which list episodes common to Matthew and Mark, Matthew and John, and Luke and Mark (ff. 15v-16r).

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Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art

EXHIBITION: Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, The British Library (Paccar Gallery, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London NW1), 30 April – 19 September 2010. Exhibition opening hours: Monday 09.30-18.00, Tuesday 09.30-20.00, Wednesday-Friday 09.30-18.00, Saturday 09.30-17.00, Sunday and English public holidays 11.00-17.00. Admission is free.

Maps can be works of art, propaganda and indoctrination. Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art offers a rare chance to see an unrivalled collection of cartographic masterpieces that were intended for display side-by-side with the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures.

Drawn from the 4½ million items held in the British Library’s cartographic collections – the greatest map collection in the world – this new exhibition will showcase over 80 of the most impressive wall-maps ever created, dating from 200AD to the present day, most of which have never been seen before.

Recreating the settings in which they would have originally been seen – from the palace to the schoolroom, the exhibition reveals how maps express an enormous variety of differing world views, using size and beauty to convey messages of status and power.

Highlights include:
* Fra Mauro World Map c.1450 by William Frazer, 1804 – a hand-drawn copy of the first great modern world map, made for the British East India Company as self-perceived heirs of the Portuguese empire in the Asia
* Confiance – ses Amputations se Poursuivent, 1944 – a German propaganda poster portraying Churchill as an octopus, drawing on earlier comic maps
* The Klencke Atlas, 1660 – the largest atlas in the world, and intended to be a summary of the world’s knowledge, produced for the exclusive appreciation of Charles II of England on his restoration to the throne, now on show for the first time to the general public
* Chinese Terrestrial Globe by Nicola Longobardi / Bartolomeo Dias, 1623 – the earliest Chinese terrestrial Globe, made by Jesuit missionaries for the Chinese Emperor
* A Chart of the Mediterranean Sea by Diogo Homem, 1570 – a luxury map with gold leaf possibly produced for royalty, made after Homem fled from exile in Morocco for his involvement in a murder in Portugal
* Americae, sive quartae orbis partis, nova et exactissima by Diego Gutierrez / Hieronymus Cock, 1562 – a map to flatter King Philip II of Spain and celebrate the Spanish domination of the New World
* World Map by Pierre Desceliers, 1550 – a compendious world map made for the King of France, celebrating the discoveries of Jacques Cartier in Canada, and showing the myths, animals and natural history in their correct place in the world.

The accompanying catalogue, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art by Peter Barber and Tom Harper has been published by British Library  Publishing in April 2010. Is now available in hardback at £29.95 and paperback at £17.95, with 176 pages, 150 colour illustrations.

The exhibition coincides with two BBC Four series about maps to be broadcast this spring. The British Library and the BBC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, is acting as a consultant with the programme makers, with some filming taking place at the Library.

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Job: Cataloguer – Early Printed Books

Cataloguer – Early Printed Books. The British Library (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB).

The British Library holds one of the world’s finest collections of early and rare printed books from Britain and Europe. We are now looking for a cataloguer to work with a selection of material published from the 17th to 19th centuries in a range of languages, including English, German and Italian.

You will be degree educated (or equivalent) with a formal qualification in library studies or substantial experience of cataloguing in a professional environment. Your familiarity with UK and international standards for cataloguing printed materials will be essential, as is the ability to work accurately with attention to detail, while meeting specific targets. Experience of working with rare books will be an advantage.

The work will involve creating individual entries for each item in accordance with international standards for rare book cataloguing, enhancing existing records where appropriate, and adding detailed provenance and copy notes in each case. You will also use a range of reference tools to establish the historical and physical record of the material.

Fixed term, 7 months. Salary £24,338 – £27,986. Closing date 4 January 2010.

Job: Catalogue of Hebrew Manuscripts

Project Officer: Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, Hebrew Manuscripts. The British Library (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB).

The British Library’s Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts project is set to revolutionize access to the extraordinary riches of the Library’s collections, making them easily accessible for the first time to art historians, other scholars, and the general public. This has been achieved by adding digital images and descriptions of over 3,500 Latin and European vernacular manuscript to the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. In this exciting phase of the project, we will be adding descriptions and images of all of the illuminated Hebrew manuscripts to the Catalogue.

Therefore you will apply your specialist skills to create catalogue descriptions of approximately 100 illuminated Hebrew manuscripts for the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.  You are able to work independently and as part of a team to strict deadlines, have experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts, advanced reading knowledge of Hebrew, and expert knowledge of medieval art history, palaeography, and codicology. Read more on this subject

Fixed term, 9 months (£30,311 – £34,853). Closing date: 28th December 2009. Interviews will be held on 20th January 2010.

The Cataloguing of Manuscripts

A half-day workshop: The Cataloguing of Manuscripts, The British Library (Panizzi Room, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB), Friday 20 November 2009.

What does manuscript cataloguing entail and why is it important? What are the challenges facing the themed cataloguing of manuscripts in particular collections? What are the benefits of themed cataloguing to scholarship? How can a catalogue account for subject-matter, author, scribe, and collector? What are the British Library’s holdings and how can they best be catalogued? Building on recent interest in manuscript as a means of communication in early modern France, Great Britain and Spain, this workshop is the last in a series events that have been planned to shed light on the still under-researched topic of scribal culture in Italy. We welcome participation by all those interested in cultural and political history in the history of the book, by historians, art historians, curators, archivists and palaeographers.

Programme: 14:00 – Introduction; Chair: Professor Robert Black (Leeds); Giliola Barbero (Università Cattolica, Milan): Shared cataloguing as an aid to the study of early modern manuscripts; Rachel Stockdale (British Library): Catalogue integration at the British Library; Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck College, London): Why catalogue political manuscripts; Laura Nuvoloni (Cambridge University Library): The Italian political manuscripts at the British Library; presentation of sample manuscripts; and Discussion.

Click here to read the abstracts. For further details please contact Filippo de Vivo or Brian Richardson.

The ‘Macclesfield Alphabet Book’

The British Library has acquired the Macclesfield Alphabet Book, a rare medieval English ‘model’ or ‘pattern’ book dating from c.1500, with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), independent charity The Art Fund, Friends of the British Library and National Libraries and other individual donors. The manuscript had been in the library of the Earl of Macclesfield since around 1750, and until recently its existence was completely unknown. Since 30 July 2009 it is on free public display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library.

The manuscript contains 14 different types of decorative alphabets. These include an alphabet of decorative initials with faces; foliate alphabets; a zoomorphic alphabet of initials, and alphabets in Gothic script. In addition there are large coloured anthropomorphic initials modelled after fifteenth-century woodcuts or engravings, as well as two sets of different types of borders, some of which are fully illuminated in colours and gold. The manuscript may have been used as a pattern book for an artist’s workshop for the transmission of ideas to assistants, or as a ‘sample’ book to show to potential customers.

Only a handful of these books survive and as a result, the discovery of the Macclesfield Alphabet Book, filled with designs for different types of script, letters, initials, and borders is of outstanding significance and will contribute to a greater understanding of how these books were produced and used in the Middle Ages, as well as aid the study of material culture and art history.

For more information please contact Julie Yau, Arts Press Officer, British Library.

Henry VIII: Man and Monarch

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, the exhibition Henry VIII: Man and Monarch was held at The British Library from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 6 September 2009 (PACCAR Gallery). Exhibition guest curated by David Starkey; British Library curator: Andrea Clarke. Catalogue edited by Susan Doran, London 2009 (The British Library), 288 pages, 311 illustrations, £ 25.00.

The historian and broadcaster David Starkey guest-curated this unique exhibition  that looks beyond the myths and stereotypes surrounding Henry VIII, to address the inner intellectual journey of Henry’s monarchy and re-examine our perceptions of the great Tudor monarch. Through fresh interpretation of rich source material the exhibition examined the extraordinary transformations – personal and political, intellectual and religious, literary, aesthetic, linguistic – of Henry’s reign. Books, manuscripts and letters written or annotated by Henry offered an unprecedented insight into the mind of the king, revealing the driving forces behind his actions, and telling the story of his reign from his own perspective.

Catalogue contents: Introduction (pp. 8-11); David Starkey, The Young Henry,  1491-1509 (pp. 13-16; entries, pp. 17-51); Steven Gunn, Venus and Mars, 1509-13 (pp.  53-55; entries, pp. 56-77); Glenn Richardson, The Triumph of Peace? 1514-27 (pp. 79-81; entries, pp. 82-105); Eric Ives, The Turning Point, 1527-29 (pp. 107-109; entries, pp. 110-125); Richard Rex, The Royal Supremacy, 1529-35 (pp. 127-129; entries, pp. 130-161); Peter Marshall, The Crisis of 1536 (pp. 163-165; entries, pp. 166-183); Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Making of a New Church, 1536-40 (pp. 185-187; entries, pp. 188-207); Susan Doran, The Last Years, 1539-47 (pp. 209-211; entries, pp. 212-255); Ralph Houlbrooke, Death, Will and Succession, 1546-47 (pp. 257-259; entries, pp. 260-271); James Carley, Henry VIII as Bibliophile: His Book Collections, their Storage and their Use (pp. 273-277); Bibliography (pp. 278-282); Index (pp. 283-287).

List of the illuminated manuscripts discussed in the catalogue: n. 2 – Beaufort Book of Hours (British Library, Royal MS 2 A xviii) by David Starkey; n. 15 – Writhe’s Garter Book (Collection of His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch) by David Starkey; n. 17 – Queen Elisabeth of York’s Book of Hours (British Library, Additional MS 50001) by David Starkey; n. 20 – Quentin Poulet, L’Imaginacion de Vraye Noblesse (British Library, Royal MS 19 V viii) by David Starkey; n. 21 – Lancelot du Lac (British Library, Royal MS 20 D iv) by James Carley; n. 23 –  Henry V: the Model Tudor King? (British Library, Cotton MS Julius E iv) by David Starkey; n. 30 – Liber de optimo fato nobilissimi domini Henrici Eboraci … (British Library, Royal MS 12 B vi) by David Starkey; n. 35 – Henry’s Youthful Religion (Ushaw College, Durham, MS 29) by David Starkey; n. 38 – Henry and Katherine’s Marriage Contract (Archivio General de Simancas, Patronato Real, Caja 53, Doc. 1) by Andrea Clarke; n. 41 – Wriothesley’s Heraldic Collections, vol. 1: Book of Funerals (British Library, Additional MS 45131) by Adrian Ailes and David Starkey; n. 49 – Thomas More’s Coronation Suite (British Library, Cotton MS Titus D iv) by David Carlson; n. 53 – William Twiti, The Art of Hunting (British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian B xii) by Julian Harrison and Andrea Clarke; n. 55 – Motet, Celeste beneficium (British Library, Royal MS 8 G vii) by Nicolas Bell; n. 56 – Jousting tournament challange (British Library, Harley Ch. 83 H. 1) by Steven Gunn; n. 59 – Robert de Balsac, Manual Warfare for the Instruction of a Prince (British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian A xvii) by Julian Harrison; n. 60 – John Lydgate’s Siege of Troy (British Library, Royal MS 18 D vi) by James Carley; n. 63 – The Parliamentary Procession Roll of 1512 (British Library, Additional MS 22306) by Steven Gunn; n. 69 – Bernard André on the Victoires of 1513 (Collection of the Most Hon. the Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, Cecil Papers MS 277/1) by David Carlson; n. 71 – Pierre Gringore, De la reception et entrée … Marie d’Angleterre (British Library, Cotton MS Vespasian B ii) by Glenn Richardson; n. 76 – Le commentaires de la guerre gallique, vol. 2, 1519 (British Library, Harley MS 6205) by Susan Doran; n. 79 – Sforza Hours (British Library, Additional MS 34294) by Susan Doran; n. 80 – Miniature Portrait of Henry VIII (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, PD.19-1949) by Scot McKendrick; n. 82 – Arms of the Sovereign and Peers Spiritual and Temporal in the Parliament Roll (British Library, Additional MS 40078) by Andrea Clarke; n. 86 – Design for Tents for the Fields of Cloth of Gold (British Library, Cotton MS Augustus I.ii.76 and III) by Glenn Richardson; n. 93 – The Treaty of Amiens, 18 August 1527 (The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, E30/1109) by Glenn Richardson; n. 95 – Henry VIII, Assertio septem sacramentorum (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Memb. III.4) by Richard Rex; n. 98 – ‘Salve radix’: canon in honour of Henry VIII (British Library, Royal MS 11 E xi) by Nicolas Bell; n. 104 – Actes of the Apostles and Book of Revelation (Collection of the Most Hon. the Marquess of Salisbury, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, Cecil Papers MS 324) by Scot McKendrick); n. 108 – Book of Hours (British Library, Kings MS 9) by Eric Ives; n. 130 – Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae (British Library, Royal MS 13 D v) by James Carley; n. 138 – Anne’s Elevation to the Peerage (British Library, Harley MS 303) by Eric Ives; n. 144 – The Pistellis and Gospelles for the LII Sondayes in the Yere, 1532-3 (British Library, Harley MS 6561) by Eric Ives; n. 146 – Le Pastor evangélique (British Library, Royal MS 16 E xiii) by Eric Ives; n. 148 – The Ecclesiastes (Collection of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, Percy MS 465) by Eric Ives; n. 149 – Anne’s Coronation, Sunday, 1 June 1533 (British Library, Harley MS 41) by Eric Ives; n. 194 – King Henry VIII’s Psalter (British Library, Royal MS 2 A xvi) by James Carley; n. 195 – Jean Mallard, Le Chemin de Paradis (Bodlean Library, Oxford MS 883) by James Carley; n. 201 – The Great Bible (British Library, C 18 d 10) by Tatiana String; n. 203 – Outlawing the Cult of St Thomas Becket (British Library, Stowe MS 22) by Eamon Duffy; n. 240 – Jean Rotz, The Boke of Idrography (British Library, Royal MS 20 E ix) by Peter Barber; n. 241 – Jean Mallard, Le Premier Livre de la cosmographie en rhetorique francoyse (British Library, Royal MS 20 B xii) by James Carley; n. 242 – The ‘Cottonian map of Britain’ (British Library, Cotton MS Augustus I i 9) by Peter Barber; and n. 243 – Nicolaus Kratzer, Canones Horoptri (Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 504) by Peter Barber.

Click here to watch the video introduction by David Starkey. You can also read about on the BBC website.

Treasures from the Harley Collection

The two-day conference ‘Divers Manuscripts both Antient & Curious’: Treasures from the Harley Collection was held at The British Library (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB) on the 29-30 June 2009.

The Harley collection was formed by Robert Harley (d. 1724) and his son, Edward (d. 1741), 1st and 2nd earls of Oxford. Renowned even in its own day, it encompassed collections of sculpture, pictures, drawings, engravings, coins, printed books, and manuscripts, and provided a mirror of early 18th-century English aristocratic taste, in part shaped by the Grand Tour. Today only the manuscript collection remains intact: in 1753 it became one of the foundation collections of the British Museum, and subsequently the British Library. Out of about 7,660 manuscripts, around 2,000 contain significant decoration. Reflecting the broad and eclectic taste—and very considerable wealth—of its two founders, it is probably the most important intact privately-formed collection of illuminated manuscripts anywhere in the world. The objective of the Harley conference is to publicise and celebrate the inclusion of these Harley manuscripts in the British Library’s Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts project, and to encourage new research. 

Programme: Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard University), The Hand of God and the Hand of the Scribe: Collaboration in the Scriptorium of the Abbey of Arnstein. Special demonstration: Patricia Lovett (professional scribe and illuminator), Gold on Parchment: a Consideration and Demonstration of the Tools and Materials used in Medieval Manuscripts. Other speakers: Richard Gameson (Durham University), The Artist of the Ramsey Psalter; Marie-Thérèse Gousset (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris), Christine de Pizan, Harley 4431 and the Master of the Cité des Dames; Frances Harris (The British Library), The Harleys as Collectors; Anne Hedeman (University of Illinois), Advising France through the Example of England: Visual Narrative in the Livre de la prinse et mort du roy Richart (Harley 1319); Colum Hourihane (Index of Christian Art, Princeton), Pontius Pilate in Thirteenth-century Manuscripts; Deirdre Jackson (The British Library), Humfrey Wanley and the Harley Collection; James Laidlaw (University of Edinburgh), Tag the Queen’s Manuscript? Elementary, my dear Christine; Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), The Aesthetics of Error in Harley 612; Francesca Manzari (Università di Roma), Harley 2979 and the Books of Hours Produced in Avignon by Jean de Toulouse; Marigold Anne Norbye (University College London), History in Diagram and Genealogical Tree: Pierre de Poitiers’Compendium and a French Universal Roll Chronicle; Maud Perez-Simon (Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle), Stretching Models: Shedding Light on the Images and Text of MS Harley 4979; Sarah Pittaway (University of Birmingham), Text and Image in Harley 1766, Lydgate’s Fall of Princes; Kathryn Rudy (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague), Talismans in Harley Manuscripts; Jörg Völlnagel (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Harley 3469: The Splendor Solis or The Splendour of the Sun: A German Alchemical Manuscript; Alison Walker (University of California, Los Angeles), The Westminster Tournament Challenge and Thomas Wriothesley’s Workshop; Hanno Wijsman (University of Leiden), Harley 1310: Good Manners for a Burgundian Nobleman; and Catherine Yvard (Courtauld Institute of Art), The Master of the Dark Eyes, Martin Schongauer, and Other Surprises: Disentangling Harley 1892.

To register: Send a cheque in pounds sterling for the relevant registration fee, made payable to The British Library, and your name, title, and institution, and email address to The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Attention: Gareth Burfoot. Contact HarleyConference2009@bl.uk for further information, including payment in other currencies. Please note that overseas attendees (those coming from outside the UK) should register in advance, but may pay in cash on the day (Registration fees: Standard  £40; AMARC members £35; Students  £20).

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The Lindisfarne Gospels can be temporarily loaned

The British Library Board has accepted the recommendation of an independent group of world experts in the care of historic manuscripts that the Lindisfarne Gospels can be temporarily loaned to appropriate institutions. This is a major shift in position by the British Library Board, and it means that the Lindisfarne Gospels could be loaned to an institution in the North East of England as early as 2010. The Gospels were last subject to a comprehensive, page-by-page Condition Report in 2004. In light of this report, the Board agreed on conservation grounds that the Gospelbook should not be loaned again for 15-20 years, with a further condition assessment in 2014. Following his appointment as Chairman of the British Library Board in 2006, Sir Colin Lucas met a delegation of MPs from the North East of England in February 2007 to discuss the Lindisfarne Gospels. After a constructive discussion, Sir Colin gave a personal undertaking to the MPs that he would recommend to the Board the setting up of an independent group of experts to peer-review the 2004 report and advise the Board on future short-term loans. The Board approved this recommendation and the Independent Expert Review Group was appointed in November 2007. In parallel with initiating the loan of the Gospels in 2010, the Board agreed to widen dialogue with a range of parties in the North East with the aim of exploring in partnership how the Library might best contribute to the regional economy in the longer term.

To read more visit the site of The British Library.