Cultural historian and teacher, medieval manuscript specialist, arts curator, citizen of Cornwall and of the world.
Michelle P. Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She was previously (1986-2004) Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She has been a historical consultant and on-screen expert on several radio and television programmes. She has published on the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Luttrell Psalter, and the Holkham Bible.
Her research interests include the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, the Conversion to Christianity, Biblical and Liturgical manuscripts, early relations between East and West (she is currently researching manuscripts at St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai), Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Early Christian cultures and manuscript illumination and its interpretation. She is currently Professor Emeritus at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, a Visiting Professor at University College London and a Visiting Research Fellow at Durham University. Her former positions include the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and Course Tutor to the History of the Book MA at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Sandars Lecturer in Bibliography at Cambridge University, and Lay Canon and Chapter Member at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Professor Brown has written, lectured and broadcast widely.