The Master of the Rolls is Chair of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research.
Members include experts in academic research and/or those with knowledge and experience of private archives.
The following members of the Advisory Council, whose backgrounds are aligned to historical manuscripts/private archives and academic research, also sit on the Forum:
Dr Elizabeth Lomas, Ms Hillary Bauer OBE, Ms Jeannette Strickland, Dr Helen Forde and Ms Lesley Ferguson. Ms Bauer is the Deputy Chair of the Forum.
The two independent members of the Forum are:
Ms Adele Redhead, a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where she leads the MSc in Information Management and Preservation. Adele is a qualified archivist and has extensive experience in archives and records information management, in a variety of sectors. She is a member of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission.
Ms Jenny Shaw, the Collections Development Manager for the Wellcome Collection, where she is responsible for setting the collecting direction across formats, including archives. She previously worked as an archivist at the British Red Cross and BT Heritage
The Chief Executive of The National Archives is also a member of the forum, on an ex officio basis, as the Historical Manuscripts Commissioner.