- Position: Head of Early Modern Records
- Specialism: Shakespeare, Women's letters
Dr Katy Mair is Head of Early Modern Records at The National Archives where she manages cataloguing, engagement and research activities based on the extensive early modern material held at Kew. She completed her PhD on the letters of Lady Anne Bacon under Professor Lisa Jardine at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary University of London, and has published work on women’s letters and will-writing practices in the early modern period.
She is interested in early modern archives, epistolary culture, women’s writing, and the materiality of texts. She is also becoming increasingly engaged with digital methods to improve archival description and engagement with manuscripts, and has used multi-spectral imaging techniques to explore Shakespeare’s will. In 2016, she co-curated The National Archives’ ‘By Me William Shakespeare’ exhibition at Somerset House and co-ordinated the programming of events for the anniversary of his death, drawing together archivists, academics and conservators to explore the documents relating to Shakespeare’s life.
Katy sits on the advisory board of the AHRC-funded project Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age and is a board member of the British Record Society.