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Dr Danielle Westerhof, MA (English), MA (Medieval Studies), MSc Econ (Information and Library Studies), PhD (Medieval Studies)

Rare Books Librarian in the University Library and Collections

Contact Dr Danielle Westerhof

I started at Palace Green Library in October 2017 on a temporary, externally funded contract to work on the Bamburgh Library collection. In October 2018, I was made a permanent member of staff to help look after and provide access to all rare book collections held at PGL.

Since 2009, I have worked freelance as a historic libraries consultant and rare books cataloguer, and I continue to advise private clients on historic library management and cataloguing projects. Over the years, I have also been involved in historic building and garden restoration and interpretation projects as a historical consultant. Occasionally, I dip back into my earliest research interest in medieval cultural history, particularly attitudes towards death and theories of health.

I received MAs in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Groningen before embarking on a PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. After a period of working as a part-time tutor in the Department of History at Leicester University, I retrained as a librarian, gaining a MSc(Econ) from Aberystwyth University.

Follow me on Twitter @behindthespines

Research Interests

  • Book as object
  • Library history, particularly private libraries
  • Medieval attitudes towards death and dying
  • Medieval attitudes towards health

Selected Publications

Edited book

  • Westerhof, Danielle (2010). The Alchemy of Medicine and Print: The Edward Worth Library, Dublin. Four Courts Press.

Monograph

  • Westerhof, Danielle (2008). Death and the Noble Body in Medieval England. Boydell and Brewer.

Chapter in book

  • Westerhof, Danielle (Forthcoming). Dead and dying bodies. In A cultural history of death in the medieval age. Kinch, Ashby M. (vol. ed.) & Davies, Douglas J. (gen. ed.) Bloomsbury. 2.
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2013). A most profitable book: Publishing, owning and reading Petrus de Crescentiis’ Ruralia commoda between c.1450 and c.1550′. In Le cabinet du curieux: Culture, savoirs, religion de l’Antiquité à l’Ancien Régime. Pietrzak, W. K. & Kozluk, M. Classiques Garnier.
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2013). Amputating the traitor: Healing the social body in public executions for treason in late medieval England. In The ends of the body: Identity and community in medieval culture. Akbari, S.C. & Ross, J. University of Toronto Press.
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2010). Introduction. In The Alchemy of Medicine and Print: The Edward Worth Library, Dublin. Four Courts Press.
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2010). Petrus de Crescentiis’ Ruralia commoda: An agricultural regimen sanitatis? In The Alchemy of Medicine and Print: The Edward Worth Library, Dublin. Four Courts Press.
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2005). Celebrating Fragmentation: The Presence of Aristocratic Body Parts in Monastic Houses in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century England. In Sepulturae Cistercienses: Burial, memorial and patronage in medieval Cistercian monasteries. Hall, J. & Kratzke, C. Citeaux. 14 / 56.

Journal Article

  • Westerhof, Danielle (2007). Deconstructing identities on the scaffold: The execution of Hugh Despenser the Younger, 1326. Journal of Medieval History (33.1).

Book review

  • Westerhof, Danielle (2013). Death at court (ed. K-H. Spiess and I. Warntjes). The Mediaeval Journal (3.2).

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Westerhof, Danielle (2017). A Hidden World of Childhood Tales – books in the Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall. National Trust Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (Spring).
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2017). Circe's Enchanted Ark at Mount Stewart. National Trust Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (Summer).
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2017). Getting away from grandeur. Historic Gardens Review (February).
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2016). Curzona’s pastimes: the writings of Mary Assheton, Lady Curzon. National Trust Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (Spring).
  • Westerhof, Danielle (2015). A view from the margin: Cataloguing antiquarian books freelance. Cataloguing & Indexing (June).

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