Dr Tim Eggington, BA Hons, MA (Wales), PhD (London) Fellow Librarian. Acting Director of Studies in Music for 2019-2020.
I am a musicologist with a primary interest in English music and the musical culture of the eighteenth century as well as in manuscript and print studies in music. My recent book, The Advancement of Music in Enlightenment England: Benjamin Cooke and the Academy of Ancient Music (Boydell Press, 2014), explored aspects of eighteenth-century musical style and its inter-relationships with the then emerging awareness of the musical past and other associated preoccupations such as music collecting, and theorising. These are areas I continue to explore via various projects and I am currently working on an edition of Benjamin Cooke's extended orchestral setting of William Collins's 'Ode on the Passions'. As a rare books librarian I am interested in the inter-relationships between intellectual history and book history, as well as in all aspects of the curation and promotion of early print and manuscript collections. I am currently editor of the respected book history periodical, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society.
As Librarian I am responsible for the College’s War Memorial Library (student library) and its medieval Old Library. I seek to develop and promote a proactive library and information service that successfully plays its part in realising the College’s overall teaching and research objectives. I also manage the curation of the College’s special collections and seek to promote a culture of research and teaching centring on the Old Library. Assisted by the library team as a whole, I work closely with Queens' students and fellows in order to ensure that student library collections and services are responsive to student needs. Likewise, I assist scholars researching the College’s unique early books and manuscripts, and encourage awareness and interest in the College’s Old Library within the wider community via exhibitions and outreach.