Medieval manuscripts blog

28 April 2022

Medieval Manuscripts Cataloguer and Researcher

The British Library is recruiting a Medieval Manuscripts Cataloguer and Researcher, to work at St Pancras in our Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts team.

A page from an early 13th-century manuscript of Gerald of Wales, Topographia Hiberniae, showing in the lower margin a bird perched on a building, a man with the tame falcon of Kildare and a scribe writing the miraculous Gospels of Kildare

A page from an early 13th-century manuscript of Gerald of Wales, Topographia Hiberniae, showing in the lower margin a bird perched on a building, a man with the tame falcon of Kildare, and a scribe writing the miraculous Gospels of Kildare: Royal MS 13 B VIII, f. 22r

This is a fixed term opportunity, for 6 months. The successful candidate will produce catalogue descriptions of pre-1600 western manuscripts, using the Library’s cataloguing system. They will support the completion of two major projects: (1) the cataloguing of manuscripts in the Library's Harley collection; and (2) Medieval and Renaissance Women. The post-holder will also promote the Library’s collections by writing blogposts aimed at a non-specialist audience, answering enquiries, and presenting manuscripts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts, specialist knowledge of medieval palaeography, and a strong reading knowledge of Latin. In addition, you will have experience of promoting collections, excellent attention to detail, and strong organisational skills.

For further information and to apply for this position, please visit www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: 04090.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2022. Interviews will be held on 30 May 2022.

Please note: we are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route.

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