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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord, MA (Cantab), MLitt, MBA, MA (LibInfStds), PhD

Contact Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord


Before coming to Durham, Christopher worked as History Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, as Reading Rooms and Information Services Manager at the British Library, as a Curator of Early Printed Collections also at the British Library, and as a Research Assistant for Projekt Corvey at Cardiff University and Universität Paderborn.

Christopher studied at Cambridge, and he trained both at Loughborough, where he was awarded the Dunn and Wilson Prize for Library and Information Studies, and at Durham, where he gained an MBA with Distinction and the Business School's Best Dissertation Award. He also holds an MLitt and a PhD in literary and publishing history fields. He was educated at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester as a pianist and holds a performer's recital diploma with Distinction. Most recently he performed with the Neville Ensemble in a concert of music from Germany and Austria in Durham in July 2016.


Christopher works on strategic planning and policy formulation and core functions for the Library, as well as national library benchmarking, evaluation and performance measurement, and service improvement processes across the University Library and Heritage Collections. He manages the work of the Administration Team and governance and committee activities, and he oversees recruitment and selection for the University Library. Christopher administered The Library Survey 2015 for the University Library, developing new strategic directions for the Library based on its findings.

He was one of the conference organisers for the conference of the Northern Collaboration in September 2015 held in Leeds, Being Digital: Opportunities for Collaboration in Academic Libraries and again for the Northern Collaboration's conference held in Liverpool in September 2016, Collaboration: Delivering Innovation, Engagement and Impact.

Professional Activities

  • Member, LIBER Research and Education Working Group (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) (2014-2017)
  • Elected to Membership, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honour Society (2013)
  • Secretary, German Studies Library Group (2009- )
  • Library History Award, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (2000)
  • Secretary, Library and Information History Group (1997-1999)
  • Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellow in Publishing History, Harvard University (1994)

Selected Publications

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