Category: Employees of the British Library

Susan Whitfield

Susan Whitfield is an English historian and librarian who works at the British Library in London , England . She obtained a PhD in historiography from SOAS, University of London and now specializes in the social and intellectual history of the Tang dynasty and the history of the Silk Road . [1] Continue reading “Susan Whitfield”

Sam van Schaik

Sam Julius van Schaik is an English Tibetologist . He obtained a PhD in Tibetan Buddhist literature at the University of Manchester in 2000, with a dissertation on Dzogchen texts by Jigme Lingpa . [1] Since 1999 he has worked at the British Library in London , and is currently a project manager for the International Dunhuang Project , specializing in Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts from Dunhuang . [2] He has also taught occasional courses at SOAS, University of London . [3] Continue reading “Sam van Schaik”

Sarah Tyacke

Sarah Jacqueline Tyacke CB , FSA , FRHistS , FRGS (born Jeacock ; born 29 September 1945) is a British historian of cartography and travel, and a librarian and archivist . From 1991 to 2005 she served as Keeper of Public Records and Chief Executive of the Public Record Office of the United Kingdom, and in this role oversaw the office’s transition to become the new National Archives in 2003. Continue reading “Sarah Tyacke”

Raleigh Ashlin Skelton

Raleigh Ashlin Skelton (December 21, 1906 – December 7, 1970) is best known for his work on the history of cartography and his attempts to prove the authenticity of the Vinland map .

Known as “Peter” to his friends, Skelton was born in Plymouth, England . He was educated at Aldenham School and Pembroke College, Cambridge . He served as the Assistant Keeper of the Department of Printed Books of the British Museum from 1931 to 1953, with a break for military service from 1939 to 1945, and as Deputy Keeper from 1953 to 1967. British Museum on his return from military service in 1945 and in 1950 became the Superintendent, in which he continued to retire in 1967. He died in a crash. Continue reading “Raleigh Ashlin Skelton”

Theodore Cressy Skeat

Theodore Cressy Skeat (15 February 1907 – 25 June 2003) was a librarian at the British Museum , where he worked as Assistant Keeper (from 1931), Deputy Keeper (from 1948), and Keeper of Manuscripts and Egerton Librarian ) After studies in Cambridge and a spell at the British School of Archeology in Athens. His work coincided with two important acquisitions by the Trustees of the aforementioned institution, namely the Codex Sinaiticus and the apocryphal Gospel Egerton 2 Papyrus (aka the Egerton Gospel ). He has a name for himself with important contributions to palaeography , papyrology, and codicology, particularly – but not only – in relation to these two acquisitions.