My current research project focuses on the history of three-dimensionality and the interplay between text and illustration on a page, as well as the symbiotic relationship between technology, art and disciplines. More generally, I am interested in the materiality of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books; bindings, provenance, provincial printing, and the slow and disjointed transition from manuscript culture to the printed book market are all of interest. I have worked extensively on fifteenth and sixteenth-century Scottish and English manuscript and book history, ownership, and circulation and I am also interested in the history of Magdalen College collections, and the wider development of libraries in Oxford in the late medieval and early modern period.
I am co-director of an international research and impact project, Thinking 3D, which will culminate in a series of exhibition, events, and conferences in 2019 - the hub of activity being in Oxford. As part of this work, I am co-curator for a 2019 Weston Library treasury exhibition, Thinking 3D: From Leonardo to Present, as well as coordinating 9 linked exhibitions in Oxford, with a further series of exhibitions in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, and Venice.
I regularly host tutorial seminar groups in Magdalen's Old Library working on a variety of topics: 17th and 18th century literature, Oscar Wilde, medieval materiality, history on engineering and science - all with an aim to teach and learn with primary resources in a hands-on environment.