Professor Andrew Prescott
Academic subjects: History, archives, digital humanities
Andrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.
Andrew’s PhD research was a survey of the records relating to the English Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. This sparked a profound interest in the history and theory of archives and libraries of all periods. From 1979 to 2000, he was a Curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library where he was involved with pioneering digital projects, most notably Electronic Beowulf. He has been Librarian of the University of Wales Lampeter and has worked in digital humanities centres at King’s College London and the University of Sheffield. From 2012 to 2019 Andrew was Theme Leader Fellow for the AHRC strategic theme of Digital Transfomations.
Andrew is working on a history of the British Library’s manuscript collections, and this will form the focus of his research while he is at Balliol College. Andrew is CI on the major AHRC-funded project documenting participants in the 1381 revolt, The People of 1381. During his time at the University of Sheffield, Andrew was Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry, and continues to be an active researcher into the history of Freemasonry.
Personal web page: Digital Riffs