Medieval manuscripts blog

17 April 2019

Medieval Manuscripts Post-doctoral Internship

We are pleased to offer a 9-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-doctoral researcher in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or another relevant subject.


People riding on an elephant: Harley MS 3244, f. 37r

The intern will use their specialist knowledge of medieval manuscripts to support the curatorial team on a wide range of curatorial activities, including:

  • Cataloguing medieval manuscripts;
  • Supporting delivery of seminars and visits;
  • Writing posts for the Medieval Manuscripts Blog;
  • Responding to reader enquiries;
  • Preparing labels and other interpretative material;
  • Supporting the digitisation of medieval manuscripts.

The successful candidate will enjoy privileged access to the British Library’s world-class collections of medieval manuscripts and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

This internship will provide an opportunity to develop writing and presentation skills, to engage with a variety of audiences, and to gain experience of curatorial duties. Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

To be eligible to apply, you must have recently completed or are about to submit a PhD in a subject area focused on medieval manuscripts, and you must have a right to work in the UK full time. You should have experience of researching and/or cataloguing medieval manuscripts, of blogging or using other platforms to engage with a variety of audiences, and of giving presentations about your research. You are also asked to provide evidence of a flexible and adaptable attitude, with a willingness to undertake a variety of tasks in timely fashion.

The interview may include questions about the date and content of a manuscript to be shown at the interview.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: COL02726.

Closing Date: 13 May 2019

Interview Date: 6 June 2019

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