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Dr Robyn Adams
B08
18 Gordon Square
University College London
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Robyn completed her Ph.D. at Queen Mary, University of London, ‘Both Diligent and Secret: The Intelligence Letters of William Herle’ in 2004. Her BA and MA degrees were also gained at Queen Mary. Between June and July 2008, Robyn spent a happy month as a Francis Bacon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, researching family intelligence networks in the Ellesmere, Hastings and Temple letter collections. This was followed in 2010 by an equally happy month as the Humphrey Wanley Fellow at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, researching the foundations of the library, which has grown into a major project at CELL.


Research Summary

Robyn Adams is the Senior Research Fellow at CELL and PI of the 'Building a Library Without Walls: the Early Years of the Bodleian Library' project, which seeks to build a better understanding of the donation and organisation practices of the Bodleian in the early seventeenth century. Her research focuses on the interpretation of a broad range of archival materials, in particular printed books from the handpress period, and manuscript documents of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her interests range from intelligencers, through pirates, to diplomatists and library founders (see publications below).

She is editor of the 
Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley project and the Letters of William Herle project, and was project manager for the Hooke Folio project with the Royal Society. 

Teaching Summary

I teach 'Unstitching the Early Modern: Archive and Book Skills' (ARTFGE05), as well as co-convening the first semester of the core course for MA in Early Modern Studies, 'Reframing the Renaissance' (ARTFGE01A)

My office hours are Mondays 12.30-1.30. Please email in advance.

Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Intellectual History Queen Mary College, University of London
2001 MA Master of Arts – Renaissance Studies Queen Mary College, University of London
2000 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English Queen Mary College, University of London
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