1978-1981 BA Combined Hons (History & History of Art),
Westfield College, Univ. of London
1983-1994 (part-time) PhD, University College London, (Dept.
of History / Archaeology)
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1980-1981 Part-time curatorial assistant, Museum of London
1981-1982 Photographic analyst & accounts clerk, Camera Press Photographic
Press Agency, included bringing annual accounts to trial balance.
1983-1984 Information officer & gallery assistant, Courtauld
1984-1987 Part-time lecturer in Medieval History (British &
European BA courses; MA Medieval Studies),
Birkbeck College London; part-time lecturer in
Palaeography and Codicology, including Papyrology, from Antiquity to 1600 (for
MA & PhD students of London University), King's College London
1984-1995 part-time senior lecturer in History, University
of London Extra-Mural Dept. (Birkbeck)
1986- Curator of Manuscripts (Medieval, Illuminated & Liturgical),
Dept. of Manuscripts, British Library; with
special responsibility for illuminated, medieval, art
historical, Russian & Italian materials,
Palaeography & Codicology, and Calligraphy.
1998-2004 The Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts (heading the BL's collection of illuminated manuscripts) and Curatorial Loans Officer.
2000- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Courtauld Institute.
2001- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for MS and Print Studies, SAS, University of London.
2004- relinquished full-time BL employment to put together own portfolio, as follows:
2004- BL’s Outreach Officer, fronting the Regional Programme and promoting the collections (part-time)
2004- Lay Canon and Member of Chapter, St Paul’s Cathedral, London (managing the library, archives and art collections).
2004- freelance lecturer, curator and author.
2005-6 Curator/editor for exhn and catalogue, ‘In the Beginning: Bibles before the year 1000’, Smithsonian Inst., Washington DC.
2005-9 Visiting Professor, Institute of Medieval Studies, Leeds University
2005- Course Tutor & Lecturer, History of the Book MA, IES, School of Advanced Studies, University of London (part-time).
2006 – Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, IES, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
2009- Sandars Lecturer in Bibliography, Cambridge University; Toller Lecturer, University of Manchester.
2010-Visiting Fellow, St Chad’s College, Durham University
2010- Digital Curator (part-time), British Library
Miscellaneous, roles and memberships:
Chair, University of London Palaeography Teachers’ Group.
Director of the annual Palaeography Summer School, IES, SAS
Lecturer / Convenor, London Rare Book School, IES, SAS, Univ. of London.
Director, Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, AHRC-funded one-week course, IES.
Approved Teacher and External Examiner, Univ.of London.
Co-founder and steering committee member, Seminar on the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford and Cambridge, 1988-1994.
Teacher of a Survey of Historical Scripts from Antiquity to1600 for the History Faculty of Cambridge University, 1995.
Lecturer, Summer School on Dating Medieval Manuscripts for the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
Advisory Committee member, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (former member).
Former Referee for the Getty Grant Program.
British delegate to the European Science Foundation, Transformation of the Roman World Project (1992-7).
Hosted and co-taught at British Library the NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers , ‘Anglo-Saxon MSS and Texts’, 2001
Adviser to the Rawlinson Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
Expert Adviser to the Export Licence Committee, UK Government
Adviser to the Levantine Foundation (regd Charity)
Member of the RSLP Advisory Board for Palaeography, Univ. of London Library
Former Member of IAUPE (Int. Assoc. of University Professors of English) (elected former member); Member of AMARC (Assoc. for MSS and Archives in Research Collections); Wynkyn de Worde Soc. (former member); Member of the Henry Bradshaw Society.
Co-founder of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscript Studies, Courtauld Inst., London.
Former Vice-President of APICES (Association Paléographique Internationale, Culture, Ecriture, Société).
Elected Member of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine.
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Courtauld Institute, London.
Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society; Hon. Fellow of the Soc. of Scribes and Illuminators.
Visiting Research Fellow, IES, SAS, Univ. of London 2001-2
Holder of Millennium Skills Award 2001 (Re:source funded – ‘Millennium Star People’ programme).
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, IES, SAS, Univ. of London, 2003-
Visiting Professor, University of Leeds, Institute of Medieval Studies, 2005-9
External Adviser to British Library Publications; Series Editor, British Library Studies in Medieval Culture.
Author or editor of 22 books, 48 articles / chapters, reviews, referee for journals and grant programmes, numerous conference presentations, invited lectures, media contributions (TV, radio and press) and a number of major exhibtions currated.
Chair, Lincoln Cathedral Library Committee
ESF grant programme referee
Advisory Board member, Rawlinson Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, Univ. of W Michigan, Kalamazoo (renewed election)
Organising Committee member, Lambeth Palace Library 400th Anniversary celebration (co-edited the commemorative book / exhibition catalogue and planned exhibition, both of which were highly successful)
Trustee, Wallspace Art Gallery
Advisory Committee, St Catherine’s Monastery Sinai: Electronic Cataloguing and Conversion Project
Editorial Board member, Pecia, online palaeographical journal
for publications list see http://ies.sas.ac.uk/about/Staff/michellebrown.htm
Digital Curator / Professor of Medieval MS Studies