Dr Claire Breay

Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Western medieval manuscripts
Related Offices
Secretary of the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections; Committee Member of the Cathedral Archives, Libraries and Collections Association

Claire Breay did a PhD in medieval history at the Institute of Historical Research (1993-96) and then worked as an archivist at Lambeth Palace Library for two years before joining the British Library in 1998 as a curator of medieval historical manuscripts. She has led the medieval manuscripts section since 2006. She managed the Codex Sinaiticus Project (2002–10), worked on the acquisition of the St Cuthbert Gospel (2010–12), and was a co-investigator for the AHRC-funded Magna Carta Project (2012–15) and the Leverhulme Trust-funded Insular Manuscripts: Networks of Knowledge project (2016-19).

She was lead curator of the exhibitions Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy (2015) and Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War (2018-19). Together with Professor Joanna Story of the University of Leicester, she jointly supervised an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student (2015–18).