Based in central London, Peter Kidd is a freelance researcher who works primarily on medieval manuscripts, with a particular specialisation in the cataloguing and provenance research of liturgical and illuminated books, leaves, and cuttings. He also works on post-medieval manuscripts, archives, and inventories, and on the provenance of printed books; he has also copy-edited and proof-read books by other authors for the Bodleian Library and for Brepols.

He has written hardcopy catalogues for the Bodleian Library, Huntington Library, Sam Fogg, AVoA, and auction houses; that of Queen's College Oxford is currently only available online and on course for publication in 2016. Most recently he collaborated on a study of the St Albans Psalter to accompany an exhibition at the Getty Museum, drawing on his work for a previous facsimile commentary.

He is currently a Consultant to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Sotheby's, and External Curator for a loan exhibition from the Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to two venues in the United States (Washington, D.C., and New York City), which will take place in 2017.

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He is a Program Advisor to the Digital Scriptorium (since 2005), and a Committee Member of AMARC (since 2002). He was formerly the sole UK representative on the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Workgroup on Describing Medieval Manuscripts.

Before deciding to become freelance in 2006, he worked successively for Christie's, Sotheby's, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Bodleian Library, and the British Library, where he was Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, and helped develop the online catalogue of illuminated manuscripts into its current form (notably by scanning and incorporating tens of thousands of 35mm slides, instead of relying only on new digital photography, for which there was very limited funding).

Since then he has worked primarily for The National Trust (Sissinghurst, Knole, Petworth, and Coughton), The Bodleian Library (Departments of Manuscripts and Incunabula), auction-houses, dealers, and publishers, while continuing to publish in academic journals.

Each year from 2009 to 2014 he taught an 'Introduction to Provenance Research for Medieval Manuscripts' at the International Palaeography Summer School; in 2015 he taught a new course on 'Codicology and Cataloguing'.

He has been a Guest Scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum, a Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library, a recipient of the Bibliographical Society's Falconer Madan Award, and is soon to be a Fellow of the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, in order to catalogue their medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Other sites for which he is responsible are:

He has a blog about provenance-related discoveries, observations, and resources at

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Last updated 28 July 2015