Andrew Prescott was a Curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library from 1979-2000, where he acted as the British Library coordinator for a number of digital projects, including most notably Electronic Beowulf
, edited by Kevin S. Kiernan of the University of Kentucky. From 2000-2007, he was Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. He has also worked at the University of Wales Lampeter and University of Glasgow. He has served on the advisory boards of many digital humanities projects in Britain and America and is currently Professor of Digital Humanities at King's College London.
It is a great honour for me to become head of this academic department devoted to the study of the digital humanities. When I first saw experiments in the digital imaging of books and manuscripts in the British Library twenty years ago, it was impossible to imagine that they would develop into an intellectual activity on a scale warranting an academic department.