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Research & Collections Programme

Growing research through the convening power of Cambridge’s collections

Jessica Gardner

Cambridge University Librarian, Co-Chair and Sponsor of RCP

Jess Gardner is University Librarian and Director of Library Services at the University of Cambridge. She joined Cambridge in 2017 from her former role as Director of Library Services & University Librarian at the University of Bristol. Jessica previously worked at the University of Exeter, initially as Head of Special Collections and later as Head of Library and Culture Services. She started her academic and library career at the University of Leeds, where Jessica researched her doctorate in modern literary papers. Jessica is the Vice-Chair of Research Libraries UK, a Syndic of Cambridge University Press, and a member of the Legal Deposit Librarians Committee for UK and Ireland. She is also a trustee of the Friends of the National Libraries, Churchill Archive Trust and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. 

Luke Syson

Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Co-Chair and Sponsor of RCP

Luke Syson is the fourteenth Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. From 2012-19, he was Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where he led on the complete refurbishment of the British Galleries, a $22m project, which opened in March 2020. Luke has held curatorial positions at the British Museum, V&A and the National Gallery – where he led the successful campaign to acquire Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks for the nation and curated the highly-acclaimed exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci – Painter at the Court of Milan in 2011.


Kristi Bain

Research & Collections Programme Manager

Kristi Bain is responsible for developing and implementing the Research & Collections Programme for the Cambridge University Libraries and Museums. Before coming to Cambridge, Kristi held posts as a Partnership Manager and Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia as well as Outreach Officer for the Norwich Cathedral Library. She was the Senior REF Arts & Humanities Impact Coordinator in the Cambridge Research Office before joining the CUL in September 2019 to begin her current role. She is also a Member of Newnham College. Kristi’s research background includes medieval religious culture, medieval and modern parish history, and cultural heritage studies, and holds a PhD in Religious & Medieval Studies from Northwestern University (Evanston/Chicago, USA).


Jo Vine

Fitzwilliam Museum, Research Facilitator

Jo Vine is the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Research Facilitator. Jo was previously project manager and research administrator at Anglia Ruskin where she also completed a PhD in English Literature looking at the use of stage props on the early modern stage. Jo works with the Fitzwilliam’s researchers to source funding opportunities, plan and prepare research grant applications, and support the delivery of successful projects.

Amelie Roper

Cambridge University Library, Research Facilitator

Amelie Roper is Research Facilitator at Cambridge University Library. Her role involves supporting grant applications for research funding for library activities, and assisting with project delivery once funding is awarded. Prior to this, she worked as Research Development Manager and Digital Music Curator at the British Library. She studied music at King’s College London and Library and Information Studies at University College London. She also holds a PhD in book history from the University of St Andrews. She remains research active, with interests spanning early modern European print culture and digital music publishing. In addition, she plays an active role in the International Association of Music Libraries (UK and Ireland branch).