15 February 2010
Giles Mandelbrote books in for first day at historic repository
Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the history of the Church of England, has appointed Giles Mandelbrote as its new Librarian and Archivist. The appointment follows the retirement of Richard Palmer after 19 years at the Library.
Giles will take up the post to lead Lambeth Palace Library at an important landmark in its history, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the Library’s foundation in 1610. A major public exhibition is planned for the summer, with an accompanying book, Lambeth Palace Library: Treasures from the Collection of the Archbishops of Canterbury.
Giles joins Lambeth Palace Library from the British Library, where he was a senior curator within the Early Printed Collections department. He is also joint organiser of the annual London conference on book trade history, teaches for the London Rare Books School, and is one of the convenors of a regular University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries. His publications include Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, the second volume (covering 1640-1850) of the collaborative Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, and most recently Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections.
Giles comments: “Having worked with several internationally important collections of books and manuscripts, both as a curator and as a researcher, I am very well aware that crucial to the future of any great library are two things – its collections and the expertise and dedication of its staff. I am committed to supporting both of these at Lambeth and I am looking forward to the challenges which the anniversary year will bring.”
The Librarian and Archivist is responsible for the strategic development of the Library’s services and collections management, and for managing the research and reading room services used by thousands each year. The Library has been designated as an outstanding collection by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
Giles takes up the role later this month.