Dr Helen McKee

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I read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, taking the opportunity to study as many medieval languages as possible, before graduating with First Class Honours and the H. M. Chadwick Prize (awarded to the top-performing student in the final year).  I remained at Cambridge for my PhD (completed in 1997), which focused on Anglo-Saxon palaeography and specifically book-production at Canterbury in the tenth and eleventh centuries.  For my postdoctoral work, I moved from the Anglo-Saxon to the Celtic world, and joined the 'Project for the Study of Old-Welsh Manuscripts' in the Department of Welsh, University of Aberystywth, first with the aid of a Research Studentship from the Leverhulme Trust and subsequently with a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the British Academy.  Since 2015 I have been based in the Department of English at Royal Holloway.

My publications include a complete edition of and commentary on a manuscript from ninth-century Wales (the 'Cambridge Juvencus Manuscript'); articles on manuscripts and scripts from Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Anglo-Saxon England; contributions to catalogues of epigraphic material from medieval Wales; a survey of the evidence for the use of papyrus in the Insular world; and (in collaboration with James McKee, Department of Mathematics) analyses of various claims that secret messages and codes were infixed in medieval manuscripts and texts.

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