Sara Charles

Editorial Assistant, Bibliography of British and Irish History

Sara Charles joined the IHR in 2015 as an Editorial Assistant for the Bibliography of British and Irish History, and now also works as Assistant Editor of the IHR’s Historical Research journal. She has previously worked at the British Museum and Barbican Library.

Sara has a BA honours in Classical Civilisation and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College, London. She is also currently studying for an MRes in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies.


'The Literacy of English Nuns in the Early Thirteenth Century: Evidence from London', British Library, Cotton MS Claudius D. III, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, 6 (2017), 77-107

'Provenance Evidence from Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica libri Septem (1543 and 1555) and De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome (1543) in the British Library and University College London', Library & Information History, 34:2 (2018), 104-128


Wolf, The Nuns of Sant’ Ambrogio: the True Story of a Convent in Scandal in Reviews in History (2016)

Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee (Royal College of Physicians, 18 January - 29 July 2016), exhibition review in Reviews in History (2016)

Research interests

Female religious

Female literacy

Anglo-Saxon and Post-Conquest England

Palaeography and codicology

Cataloguing and classification

Networks and collaboration

Editor for the medieval bibliography for History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland

Member of The Bibliographical Society