Dr Lucy Gwynn

Department: Libraries and Archives

College appointment: College Librarian


Role in College

Lucy works as a part of a job share as College Librarian with Anne Chesher. They are responsible for the management of the libraries which are at the heart of the college’s academic life. They also oversee the curation of Magdalen’s exceptionally rich historic collections (its archives, manuscripts, and rare books), and facilitate and advocate for their use in research and public engagement.


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: