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Dr Emily Jennings

Role in College

I assist Magdalen’s Archivist and Records Manager, Dr Richard Allen, in collecting, preserving, and making accessible the College’s rich archival record, both physical and digital.

Background

Before joining Magdalen, I worked at The National Archives, UK, in the role of Archivist – Catalogue Data (maternity cover), having completed my MA in Archives and Records Management at University College Dublin in 2020. At The National Archives, I improved the existing online catalogue data for various collections, and also created new catalogue descriptions for early modern legal records, including deeds. Before taking up that role, I was a volunteer at the Planned Environment Therapy Archives in Gloucestershire, where I gained experience of appraising and cataloguing 20th-century collections.

My academic background is in English literature: I hold a BA in English and an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, both from the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

Research interests

My published research focuses on the uses of political prophecy in England between the accession of King James I (1603) and the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Through the study of manuscript and printed sources, I have explored how the motifs and, in many cases, the complete texts of medieval and Reformation-era political prophecies were adapted and repurposed in both panegyric and protest literature in the early- to mid-17th century.

Recent publications

Ms Rosie Tombs

Rosie works across all libraries at Magdalen, primarily working on acquisitions, cataloguing and classification for the circulating collection. She also assists with project work, reader services and the day-to-day running of the library. Rosie has a BA in English and Related Literature for the University of York and an MSc in Library Science from City, University of London. She has worked in public libraries, as well as other Oxford College Libraries, most recently at St Catherine’s College.

Ms Anne Chesher

Background

Anne has a BA in Classics from Durham University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from Ealing College London. She worked for several years at UCL Library Services in a variety of roles, and prior to coming to Magdalen in July 2013 she worked at Reading University Library.

Role in the College

Anne is currently acting as College Librarian whilst Dr Lucy Gwynn is on maternity leave.

Dr Lucy Smith

I have a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Exeter (2008). After gaining experience in the archive sector I studied for a Masters in Archive Administration at Aberystwyth University (2012) where I wrote my dissertation on the treatment of literary archives. In 2013, I began a full-time PhD at the University of Portsmouth entitled ‘Julia Margaret Cameron and Archival Creativity: Traces of the Photographic Imagination from the Victorian Album to Neo-Victorian Fiction’ which I completed in 2017. My research interests include the relationship between literature and the archive, nineteenth-century photography and neo-Victorian fiction.
In 2019, I completed a cataloguing project at Gwent Archives funded by the Wellcome Trust on ‘‘A Penny in the Pound’ to ‘Free at the Point of Delivery’: Cataloguing the pre- and post-1948 hospital records of Monmouthshire’. This cataloguing project traced the origins of the NHS in South Wales Medical Aid Societies to the fruition of a universal health care system in early NHS records, and culminated in a public event in April 2019. I have also worked as an Assistant Archivist at Bath Record Office in 2011.

Role at College

As Wilson Project Archivist, my role is to catalogue the records of Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017), the authorised biographer of TE Lawrence (1888-1935), archaeologist, resistance leader and writer. Lawrence was also a Senior Demy at Magdalen College. The College is actively collecting material relating to TE Lawrence and the Wilson project is funded by the Harry and Alice Stillman Foundation. Jeremy Wilson spent fifty years working on Lawrence, producing his official biography, publishing editions of Lawrence’s works via the Castle Hill Press and advising public exhibitions on Lawrence.

Publications

Dr Lucy Gwynn

Role in College

As College Librarian Lucy is responsible for the management of the libraries which are at the heart of the college’s academic life. Lucy also oversees the curation of Magdalen’s exceptionally rich historic collections (its archives, manuscripts, and rare books), and facilitates and advocates for their use in research and public engagement.

Background

Lucy read Modern History at St John’s College, Oxford before training to be a librarian specialising in the care of manuscripts and early printed books. She has worked at the Huguenot Library, based at UCL, and was Deputy Librarian and Deputy Director of Collections at Eton College before moving to Magdalen. She completed her PhD on the library of Thomas Browne (1604?-1682) at Queen Mary University London in 2016.

Her research interests include:

Academic publications:

Dr Richard Allen

Role in College

Richard manages the college’s rich archives collections, not only cataloguing them, but also answering enquiries about them, from both inside and outside Magdalen, and promoting them more widely. He also oversees the arrival of new accessions to the archives, be it transfers from offices within the college, or gifts from former members and others. He heads the Archives staff within the Library and Archives team, overseeing the work of the Assistant Archivist and the Wilson Project Archivist.

Background

Prior to arriving at Magdalen, Richard was Archivist and Research Fellow at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow in Medieval History at St John’s College, Oxford. He has also held positions (both academic and otherwise) at the Université de Caen and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow and a PGDip in Archives and Records Management from University College London.

Richard is an Associate Member of the History Faculty, and continues to present and publish regularly on his chosen specialism, the ecclesiastical history of northern France (in particular Normandy) in the High Middle Ages. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Richard also serves as a Trustee of the Oxford Historical Society.

Research interests

Richard’s research concerns the ecclesiastical history of northern France in the High Middle Ages, with a particular focus on ducal Normandy (911–1204). He works primarily with charters and other such administrative records, and is particularly interested in what this material can reveal about the political, legal, economic and cultural circumstances of the societies in which it was produced. He has also published widely on topics ranging from ecclesiastical rivalry, through excommunication, the nature of episcopal power, the Cistercian abbey of Savigny, and the role of relics in the Middle Ages.

Recent publications

Ms Leanne Grainger

Role in the College

Leanne works across all of Magdalen’s Libraries and is responsible for reader services, cataloguing gifts, project work, and providing overall support for the everyday running of the library services. This is in addition to maintaining and developing the online content and presence of the Libraries & Archives, which includes social media, e-newsletter, website, blog, and online exhibitions.

Background

Leanne gained a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from Aberystwyth University and an MRes in Complexity Sciences from the University of Bristol before pursuing librarianship. While working in libraries she completed an MA in Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield. She has previously worked in public libraries, at Christ Church Library, Oxford, and prior to coming to Magdalen in September 2021 was Assistant Librarian at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Ms Kathryn Peak

Role in College

Kathryn works as part of Magdalen’s library team. She is primarily based in the Longwall Library, supporting the team in managing the circulating collection and supporting readers.

Background

Kathryn has two degrees from the University of Reading, a BA in English, and more recently an MRes in Medieval Studies. Following a career working in politics and higher education administration, Kathryn now divides her time between working at Magdalen and completing a DPhil in late medieval book history at St Cross College, Oxford.