Meet the Team

We feel slightly embarrassed about the fact that our blog is two weeks old today and we still haven’t properly introduced ourselves, so get ready to meet the team:

imageCaroline Checkley-Scott
Caroline is currently the Collection Care Manager at the University of Manchester Library, and co-manages the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC). She studied at Camberwell College of Art, where she first started her research in this area. Her interests include the conservation of early Christian manuscripts from the Middle East, particularly the Syriac Book, the Biccherne di Siena, and parchment. She was formally Head of Conservation at the Wellcome Library, and before that worked at the British Library.

Matthew-CollinsMatthew Collins
Matthew completed a degree in Marine Zoology (Wales) then a PhD in Geology (Glasgow) before Fellowships at Glasgow and Leiden (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and postdoctoral research at Bristol (Biogeochemistry). He first lectured in Biogeochemistry (Newcastle) before moving to York in 2003 to establish BioArCh, an interdisciplinary grouping of Biologists, Archaeologists and Chemists with access to shared space and facilities on campus, within the Bioscience complex. His research focuses on old proteins. He attempts to identify samples by differences in protein sequence, date samples by the extent of protein degradation and if both fail, to understand pathways of decay in archaeological materials

sarah fiddyment head shotSarah Fiddyment
Sarah received her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2006, having completed three years of medical school and two years specialization in Biochemistry. Her MSc and subsequent PhD (awarded in 2011) were both completed at the University of Zaragoza, working in the field of proteomics in cardiovascular research. She is currently a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow (IEF) in BioArCh at the University of York. Her research continues in the field of proteomics but focuses on the proteomic anaylsis of parchments throughout history. During the last two years, she has developed a novel non-invasive sampling technique that provides parchment species identification and parchment quality through time.

milner head shotStephen J. Milner
Steve is Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Manchester having previously held posts at the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge. A graduate of History from Cambridge, he undertook his PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London. Amongst his recent publications are The Erotics of Consolation: Distance and Desire in the Middle Ages (2008) co-edited with Catherine Lèglu; At the Margins: Minority Groups in Premodern Italy (2005) and Artistic Exchange and Cultural Translation in the Italian Renaissance City (2004) co-edited with Stephen J. Campbell. He is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio for publication on theseptcentenary of Boccaccio’s birth in 2013.

julianne head shotJulianne Simpson
Julianne is Rare Books and Map Collections Manager at The University of Manchester Library.  She previously worked at the Wellcome Library in London, and also in Oxford and Melbourne. She completed her MA in the History of the Book at the University of London in 1997. Her research interests include the international book trade in the 16th century, the study of libraries and book ownership in the early modern period.

simone testa head shotSimone Testa
Simone worked as a post-doctoral Research Assistant to Professor Jane Everson in the AHRC funded project ‘The Italian Academies 1525-1700: The First Intellectual Networks of Early Modern Europe’ at Royal Holloway, University of London. He completed his PhD on the editio princeps of Thesoro politico (1589), and published the results of his doctoral research in various articles. His monograph Scipione Di Castro e il suo trattato politico. testo critico e traduzione inglese inedita del Seicento was published by Vecchiarelli (2012). More recently his work for the Italian Academies project led him to develop research interests on social and intellectual networks in early-modern Italy and Europe.

Sarah Todd
Sarah was awarded a BA in French and Italian at the University of Manchester in 2010, and remained in Manchester to complete her MA in European Languages and Cultures. She is currently in her third year of PhD research at the University of Leeds, and is investigating the presence of dream-visions in the works of Boccaccio and Petrarch.

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