Helen Kemp is Plume Librarian at Thomas Plume’s Library (est. 1704), Community Fellow in the Department of History at The University of Essex, Special Collections Champion at the Albert Sloman Library, and Maddock Research Fellow 2019-2020 at Marsh's Library, Dublin.
She studies the early modern world, focusing on the cultural and intellectual history of seventeenth-century England. She is interested in networks of people and of texts: connections and obligations of family and profession, and how manuscripts and books circulated between these networks, resulting in new forms of communication, collecting, and material culture.
Helen's research brings new insight into the social interactions and nuances of power between those who communicated through the media of manuscript and print. She is currently working on a monograph about seventeenth-century notebooks.
University of Essex,
MA Renaissance Studies
Birkbeck, University of London,
BA (Hons) Humanities
University of Essex
University of Essex (1/2/2020 - present)
Fixed Term Teacher,
University of Essex (1/10/2017 - 31/1/2020)
Rare books and special collections,
Thomas Plume's Library (16/9/2019 - present)
Maddock Research Fellow,
Marsh's Library (23/3/2020 - 30/3/2020)
Consultant on Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons Project,
University of Regina (1/4/2018 - 1/4/2019)