- 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
Dr Claire Breay
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).
- Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cultures and Connections [co-editor with J. Story] (Dublin, 2021).
- Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War (London: British Library, 2018) [co-editor with J. Story]
- 'Exhibiting the Lindisfarne Gospels', in An Insular Odyssey: Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland, eds R. Moss. F. O'Mahoney and J. Maxwell (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017)
- The St Cuthbert Gospel: Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John (London: British Library, 2015) [co-editor with B. Meehan]
- Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy (London: British Library, 2015) [co-editor with J. Harrison]
- ‘A Short Introduction to Magna Carta’, in Magna Carta (An Embroidery) by C. Parker (British Library exhibition, 2015).
- Davis, G. R. C., Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland (London: British Library, 2010) [co-reviser with J. Harrison and D. M. Smith]
- Magna Carta: Manuscripts and Myths (London: British Library, 2002)
- The Cartulary of Chatteris Abbey(Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 1999)