British Library chief executive gives University lecture

The relationship between public investment in the UK cultural sector and the country's growing and vibrant creative industries will be discussed in a prestigious lecture by the British Library's first female chief executive. Dame Lynne Brindley will give the lecture at the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 6 February 2008.

The lecture is the fourth in the University's Firth series of lectures. Entitled 'Culture, Creativity and Research', it will focus on the future of the UK's creative industries, as well as discussing how publicly-funded culture drives the modern creative economy.

Dame Brindley has been Chief Executive of the British Library (BL) since July 2000 and is the first woman and information professional to hold the post. Since her appointment Lynne has led a major strategic development and modernisation programme to ensure that the BL remains a relevant, innovative and accessible national institution in the 21st Century.

Previously she was Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds and has held positions at KPMG, Aston University and the London School of Economics. She also holds an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "It is with great pleasure that I welcome Dame Brindley to the University for this lecture. Her work with the British Library has ensured it remains a national institution of great importance. I am sure her lecture will be a fascinating discussion of the UK's creative industries, in which the city of Sheffield plays such an important role."

Dame Brindley said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to give this Firth Lecture. Its theme is particularly relevant to Sheffield, where you have a thriving Cultural Quarter - based around the Millennium Galleries, the Crucible Theatre and the Graves Art Gallery - that has been central to the city's urban regeneration.

"I, along with many others, owe a great deal to the late Fred Dainton, Lord Dainton of Hallam Moors, and the University of Sheffield's distinguished Chancellor from 1978-1997. Without his seminal report in 1969 there would have been no British Library - without his energy and vision there might have been no flagship national building at St Pancras, standing now as a symbol of the importance of all libraries."

The lecture will take place at the University of Sheffield's Pool Auditorium, Richard Roberts Building, Brook Hill on Wednesday 6 February 2008 at 6.00pm.

Notes for Editors: Entrance to the lecture is free but strictly by ticket only.

Dame Lynne Brindley is available from 12:00pm on Thursday 6 February 2008 for telephone interviews (or face to face interviews for London-based publications).

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Dame Brindley, please contact: Tessa Humphrys in the University of Sheffield's Media Team, on 0114 2221046 or email t.humphrys@sheffield.ac.uk.