The NMCT was established in 1990; its first Trustees were John Ehrman, Lewis Golden and Henry Heaney.  Today, we have five Trustees, brief details about whom are given below.  You can also download and article about NMCT, Rescuing the past and caring for the future from The Book Collector (summer 2023) written by NMCT's Chair, Professor David McKitterick.

Professor David McKitterick FSA FBA - Chairman

David McKitterick is Emeritus Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography, Trinity College, Cambridge Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked at the Cambridge University Library in 1969-70 and from 1971 to 1986; he was a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, from 1978 to 1986. He was appointed Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1986, from which he retired in 2016. He is the author of various works on bibliography and library history, including a history of Cambridge University Library in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Charles Sebag-Montefiore CBE FSA FCA - Treasurer

Charles Sebag-Montefiore qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974 and spent his career in the field of corporate finance in the City in London. He has been a trustee of the National Gallery; he is currently a Trustee of of the Harewood House Trust and Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries, and of other charities.  His book The British as Art Collectors: from the Tudors to the Present was published in 2012. A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924 (Roxburghe Club, 2013), is a study of the art market in nineteenth century London for high-end Dutch and Flemish pictures, told through 564 unpublished letters between significant collectors and a leading dealer of that period. He is currently working on a dictionary of British art collectors, 1600-1939.

Gabriel Sewell

Gabriel is currently College Librarian at Christ Church Oxford with responsibility for the management and development of the libraries which are at the heart of the college's academic life, including the College's outstanding Special Collections of manuscripts and rare books.  She was previously Assistant Director of Library Services (Special Collections) at the University of St Andrews and prior to that Head of Collections at Durham Cathedral, with oversight of the library collections. Gabriel also held posts at Lambeth Palace Library.  She has a keen interest in developing and preserving collections to support teaching, research and engagement and in making collections accessible.  She is on the Council of the Bibliographical Society.


Dr Norman James FRHistS

Norman James has led advisory services supporting a wide range of archives and grant-awarding bodies while working at the Historical Manuscripts Commission and The National Archives between 1980 and 2014. He has contributed to a number of archival surveys and published guides to historical records and also helped to produce several national standards and specifications. His particular interest lies in the field of ecclesiastical history and he has co-edited the Bede Roll of the Fraternity of St Nicholas for the London Record Society. Among other commitments, he serves on the council, committee or relevant advisory panel of several archival and library organisations.

Caroline Checkley-Scott ACR FIIC

Caroline Checkley-Scott is Consultant to Conservation Resources.  She was previously Director of Conservation by Design.  Prior to that she was Collection Care Manager at the University of Manchester Library, where she co-managed the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC). Caroline has also held posts at both the British Library and Wellcome Library; she has acted as Chair of the Book and Paper Group for the Institute of Conservation (Icon) Her research interests include the conservation of early Christian manuscripts from the Middle East, particularly the Syriac Book and the science of parchment. She teaches conservation and book history both nationally and internationally.  Caroline is an Accredited Conservator and is a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation.