Dr Robyn Adams

Dr Robyn Adams

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Editing Lives and Letters

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2012

Research summary

Robyn Adams is the Senior Research Fellow at CELL and PI of the 'Shaping Scholarship: Early Donations to 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. This project grew out of a previous study entitled 'Building a Library Without Walls: the Early Years of the Bodleian Library'. 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).

As well as the book history focus of her work, 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' (CMII0015).

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


Queen Mary College, University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
Queen Mary College, University of London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2001
Queen Mary College, University of London
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 2000


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.