Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS, 1944–2015

Professor Lisa Jardine, paddling

We here at CELL are heartbroken by the recent death of our founding director, beloved friend, and constant inspiration Professor Lisa Jardine. Lisa was the very image of the perfect scholar and it is hard to imagine the office we all share without her.

CELL's MA is now open for applications

reading a manuscript in an archive

CELL is delighted to announce that our MA in Editing Lives and Letters is now open for applications. The programme uniquely combines the technical skills of archival research and the most up-to-date strategies and techniques for online data organisation and presentation.

Temptation in the Archives - Adventures in Open Access Publishing

Temptation in the Archives cover

CELL is happy to announce the publication of Lisa Jardine’s latest book, Temptation in the Archives. We’re especially excited that Temptation in the Archives is one of the launch titles for UCL Press, the open access publishing arm of our academic home, UCL.

A CELL call for papers: RSA Boston 2016

CELL invites proposals for papers to be given at the 2016 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, 31 March—2 April 2016.

Courtly Rivals

Courtly Rivals book cover

CELL is excited to report our friend and associate, Dr Nadine Akkerman, has a new book out, ‘Courtly Rivals’, to accompany the exhibition on Elizabeth Stuart and Amalia von Solms at the Historical Museum of The Hague.

Congratulations to our students!

James Everest & Lisa Jardine

We are delighted to share two bits of news regarding two of our current PhD students, James Everest and Brooke Palmieri.

Failure in the Archives was a success!


Well done to everyone involved in the Failure in the Archives conference on Thursday 30th October - a hugely successful event.

New schedule for the CELL Director's Seminar

students at seminar

With the new academic year underway, CELL is happy to announce the schedule for the Director’s Seminar for the first term 2014-15. Led by CELL’s Director, Professor Lisa Jardine, the seminar is where CELL gets together to find out what’s going on.

CELL needs a Research Assistant!

CELL is looking for a Research Assistant, to work on our Archaeology of Reading project.

Register for Failure in the Archives!

Registration is now open for our hotly anticipated conference on 30 October 2014, Failure in the Archives, featuring a keynote address by Natalie Zemon Davis. Please note that, if you’re unable to attend the full day, it is also possible to register for Natalie’s lecture separately.