Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis

Rhiannon works in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

Her full job title is “Collections & Engagement Manager (Rare Books & Maps)” but what this doesn’t tell you is that she is also responsible for the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, the new exhibition space in the Parkinson Building

She has always been interested in history and the arts. She studied English Language and Literature at Durham University, specialising in medieval literature, in particular Middle and Old English and Old Norse. Following a Masters in Viking Studies she found work as an Editorial Assistant with the International Medieval Bibliography at the University of Leeds. She went on to become Assistant Editor and managed the project to convert the 250,000+ printed bibliographic records onto CD-ROM.

Rhiannon came to work in Special Collections in 2014 on a project to upgrade the catalogue records for the 15th century printed books (incunabula). She has had operational oversight of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery and its exhibition schedule since it opened in February 2016.

What she enjoys most is telling stories and inspiring people to get hands on with the rare, unique and beautiful books and manuscripts kept in Special Collections.


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