Christopher Wright (academic)

Christopher John Wright OBE FRHistS FSA is a Head of Manuscripts at the British Library and Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London . During his time at the library he oversaw several acquisitions, and in retirement was involved with the Friends of the British Library and the Review Committee on the Export of Works of Art .

British Library

Christopher Wright joined the Department of Manuscripts in 1974. [1] In 2002, as a curator of Modern Historical Papers, he found a letter regarding Captain Thomas Howard’s Goad’s death at the Battle of Balaclava in the Charge of the Light Brigade , written by Captain Goad’s Brother Cornet George Goad. Captain Soame Jenyns to Capt Goad’s other brother, Charles. [2]

In 2003 he est devenu Head of Manuscripts, up to His retirement in October 2005. [1] During this time, along with colleague Michelle Paull, He Was Responsible for researching the library’s acquisition of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection and prepaid it for exhibition, [ 3] and received the Anthony Powell from Michael Meredith of the Eton College Collections . [4]

In the 2006 New Year Honors , he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Speaking de son time as Head of Manuscripts Following The award, he Said, “I was caring for the national collection of manuscripts and Acquiring em. We Have Had Several exciting acquisitions During my time in office, Including the archive of Punch magazine . I think It has acknowledged scholarship as worthwhile and it actually shows that work requiring patience and care is still important. [5]

Following his retirement, he became Deputy Chairman of the Friends of the British Library on February 6, 2007, taking over from Dr. Don Pritchard. [6]

Fellowships and memberships

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1982, [1] and of the Society of Antiquities of London since May 2002. [7]

In 2005, he was appointed as a member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport ‘s Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art . [1] As share of the committee’s function, They Were Responsible for deferring the sale of a translation of the Italian opera Erismena , the Earliest surviving opera score in the English language, dating from the 1670s. [8]


  • Wright, Christopher (2005). George III . London: British Library. ISBN  978-0-7123-4893-5 . OCLC 469872190
  • Wright, CJ, ed. (1997). Sir Robert Cotton as collector: essays on an early Stuart broker and his legacy . London: British Library. ISBN  978-0-7123-0358-3 . OCLC 882593171
  • Wright, Christopher J .; Anderson, Glenda M., eds. (2013). The Victoria Cross and The George Cross: The Complete History (3 flights) . York: Methuen & Co. ISBN  978-0-4137-7752-2 .


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Who are the members of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art?” . Department for Culture, Media and Sport . Retrieved 29 March 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ Bennett, Will (November 12, 2002). “Light Brigade letters describe horror of the charge” . The Telegraph .
  3. Jump up^ Jury, Louise (2 December 2004). “Conan Doyle’s manuscripts reveal a meticulous chronicler” . The Independent .
  4. Jump up^ Bennett, Will (27 August 2004). “Jowell overrules last wish on Powell archive” . The Telegraph .
  5. Jump up^ Milford, Andrew (3 January 2006). “Recognition for four in honors list” . Get .
  6. Jump up^ “18th Annual Report 2006/2007” (PDF) . Friends of the British Library . Retrieved 29 March 2011 .
  7. Jump up^ “List of Fellows – W” . Society of Antiquaries of London . Retrieved 29 March 2011 .
  8. Jump up^ “Sale of earliest English opera score delayed” . The Telegraph . 7 August 2008.

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