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Alexandra Plane

Alexandra Plane

10 May 2021

Project Title

Reconstructing the Library of King James VI and I.

Academic Supervisor

Project description

This project closes a major gap in book history by recovering the contents of the libraries of King James VI and I. Identifying his manuscripts and printed books, establishing their use, and exploring their bindings, the project situates his royal libraries in the context of both Scottish and English book culture. By tracing the content and extent of James’ libraries throughout his reigns, it offers an important window onto the intellectual life of this most scholarly of British monarchs. As well as employing traditional bibliographical research methods, it will also include creation of an open-access database of James’ books.

I am funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, so I am also based at the National Library of Scotland. I will be undertaking curatorial placement work there, including co-curation of the forthcoming Scottish Renaissance exhibition.


MA in Library and Information Studies (Distinction) - University College London

MA in Classics (Distinction) - University of Durham

BA in Classics (First-class Honours) - University of Durham


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, Northern Bridge Consortium


Sir John MacAlister Medal, awarded to the most distinguished candidate in the UCL Library and Information Studies MA

Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize

Durham Faculty of Arts and Humanities Inspirational Student Award

Maltby Exhibition Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in Classics and Ancient History

Other Roles

I am a fully qualified librarian, with particular experience in special collections and academic librarianship. I have worked at the Bodleian Library and New College Library (University of Oxford), as well as several libraries at the University of Durham. I also serve as a council member of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.