- Head of Western Heritage Collections
- Western European illumination; the Christian Bible; the reception of classical antiquity
- Related Offices
- Chair and UK contact for the Manuscript Librarians Group of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CERL); Membre étranger associé of the Académie Royale d’Archéologie de Belgique; Hon. Research Associate, History Department, University College London; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London
Dr Scot McKendrick
My main research interests are the written legacy of classical Greece and Rome; the manuscript tradition of the Bible; European illuminated manuscripts; late medieval and Renaissance European history, art and culture; the history of the British Library’s collections. Based on this I have curated four major exhibitions held by the British Library: The Mythical Quest (1996), Illuminating the Renaissance (2003-4), Sacred (2007) and Royal Manuscripts (2011-12).
For the catalogue of Illuminating the Renaissance my co-author Thomas Kren and I were awarded the Eric Mitchell Prize for the best exhibition catalogue of 2002-3 and the Eugène Baie Prize for the best publication on the history of Flemish civilization, culture or art in 1998-2002.
Royal Manuscripts was based on a research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for which I was the Principal Investigator and Professor John Lowden of the Courtauld Institute of Art the Co-Investigator.
- The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World (London: Thames and Hudson, forthcoming in 2016) [with Kathleen Doyle]. Translated as: L’arte della Bibbia: Manoscritti miniati del medioevo (Turin: Giulio Einaudi, 2016); L’Art de la Bible: Manuscrits enluminés du monde médiéval (Paris: Citadelles & Mazenod, 2017); Heilige Pracht: Die Schönsten Bibeln des Mittelalters (Darmstadt, Theiss, 2017), De Kunst van de Bijbel: Verluchte manuscripten uit de Middeleeuwen (KOK, 2017).
- Codex Sinaiticus: New Perspectives on the Ancient Biblical Manuscript (London and Peabody MA: BL Pubs and Hendrickson, 2015) [co-editor with David Parker et al.]
- 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts (London: BL Pubs, 2013) [co-editor with Kathleen Doyle]
- ‘The British Library’s Collection of Greek Manuscripts’ (2012)
- The Isabella Breviary. British Library, Additional MS 18851. Commentary to the Facsimile (Barcelona: Moleiro, 2012) [with Nigel Morgan and Elisa Ruiz García]
- Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, British Library exhibition catalogue (London: BL Pubs, 2011) [with John Lowden and Kathleen Doyle]
- Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles and London: J. Paul Getty Museum Pubs and Royal Academy of Arts, 2003) [with Thomas Kren]