Dr Amelie Roper

Amelie Roper
Research Development Manager
Collaborative research, 16th-century printing, digitisation, digital sheet music
Related Offices
General Secretary, International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland branch)

Amelie Roper is Research Development Manager at the British Library. Her role involves coordinating and supporting various activities to foster collaborative research relating to the British Library’s collections. These include partnerships, workshops and events. 

She has supported a wide range of collaborative research projects, including Digital DeliusTudor PartbooksF-TEMPO and the Single global digitisation dataset initiative. In 2019, she also undertook a British Library Coleridge Research Fellowship, working on digital sheet music published in the UK and collected under the 2013 Non-Print Legal Deposit Regulations.

Prior to this post, she worked as Digital Music Curator at the British Library and as College Librarian at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Her doctoral thesis investigated the culture of music printing in sixteenth-century Augsburg, and she is more generally interested in the material culture of the book. 


  • ‘From print to digital: first steps in collecting the UK’s digital sheet music publications’, Alexandria: the journal of national and international library and information studies issues [forthcoming]
  • ‘The birth of German music printing’ [review article], Early music [forthcoming]
  • ‘Early modern shelf lives: the context and content of Georg Willer's music stock catalogue of 1622’, in Buying and selling in the early modern book world, ed. by Shanti Graheli and Andrew Pettegree (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 353-379
  • ‘German music broadsheets, 1500-1550: production, performance, persuasion’, in Single sheet printing in the first age of print, ed. by Andrew Pettegree (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 401-441
  • 'Handel autographs digitised', in Handel Institute newsletter 27/2 (2016), pp. 3-4
  • ‘Poor man’s music? The production of song pamphlets and broadsheets in sixteenth-century Augsburg’, in Specialist markets in the early modern book world, ed. by Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (Leiden: Brill, 2015) pp. 175-198
  • ‘Bridging the gap: developing professional education for music library staff in the UK and Ireland’, Fontes artis musicae, 59/2 (2012), 168-178



The British Library has a world-famous collection of music