Sir Edward Maunde Thompson: Lectures on Schools of Manuscript Illumination

Scope and Content

The Sandars Lectures for 1906, on schools of manuscript illumination.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1840-1929), palaeographer, was born in Jamaica on 4 May 1840. He joined the British Museum in 1861, and became assistant-keeper (1871), then keeper (1878), in the Manuscripts Department. He became principal librarian in 1888, and retired in 1909. Thompson helped to found the Palaeographical Society in 1873, and the British Academy, of which he became a fellow in 1902, and was president, 1907-1909. He was Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge University, 1895-1896 and 1905-1906. He died at Mayfield, Surrey, on 14 September 1929.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir Edward Maunde Thompson, 1906.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thompson in J.R.H. Weaver, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1922-1930 (Oxford University Press, 1937), pp. 834-837.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Corporate Names