Beverley Nenk

Curator of Late Medieval Europe and Judaica

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8286

Beverley Nenk is curator of late medieval European collections, and British and European Judaica. She has responsibility for the medieval ceramic collections made between the late Saxon period and the 16th century, including the National Reference Collection of Medieval Pottery and the National Collection of medieval decorated floor tiles. She is also responsible for the medieval and post-medieval Judaica, illustrating the history of Jewish communities in Britain and Europe from the middle ages to the present day. She also writes Treasure reports for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Current Projects

Judaica, medieval floor tiles and pottery (database enhancements)

Re-cataloguing for publication the British Museum collections of medieval ornamental ceramic roof tiles and finials and the Gerald Dunning documentary archive of medieval ceramic roof fittings

External membership

Member of council and editorial board for the Medieval Pottery Research Group

Member of Jewish Historical Society of England

Recent publications

B.Nenk and M.Hughes, ‘An Acceptable Science: Antwerp maiolica tiles from a Tudor manor house at Place Farm, Bletchingley, Surrey’, in Ceramics and Glass: a Tribute to Sarah Jennings (Medieval Ceramics Occasional Paper 8), forthcoming 2019

B.Nenk, catalogue entries, in N.Hatot et J.Olszowy-Schlanger (eds.), Savants et Croyants: Les Juifs d’Europe du Nord au Moyen Âge, Musée des Antiquites, Rouen, exhibition catalogue (2018), 182-185

B.Nenk, ‘Floor Tiles’ in P.Saunders (ed.), Salisbury Museum Medieval Catalogue Volume 4 (Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, 2012), 269-281

B.Nenk, entries for ‘Medieval Ceramics: Pottery and Tile’ and ‘Glaze’, in R. Bjork (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (OUP, 2010).

B.Nenk, catalogue entries, in R.Marks and P.Williamson (eds.), Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, V&A exhibition catalogue (2003), pp. 294-5, 363

B.Nenk, ‘Public Worship, Private Devotion: The Crypto-Jews of Reformation England’, in D.Gaimster and R.Gilchrist (eds.), The Archaeology of Reformation1480-1580, (Society for Medieval Archaeology and Society for Post-medieval Archaeology (2003), 204-220

B.Nenk and B.Hurman, ‘The Gerald Dunning Archive and the Study of Medieval Ceramic Roof Furniture’, Medieval Ceramics 24 (2000), 63-72

B.Nenk and M.Hughes, ‘Post-Medieval Redware Pottery of London and Essex’, in G.Egan and R.L. Michael (eds.), Old and New Worlds (1999), Soc Post-Medieval Archaeology & Soc Historical Archaeology, Oxbow, 235-245

B.Nenk and D.Gaimster, ‘Households in Transition c.1450-1550: the ceramic evidence’, in D.Gaimster and P.Stamper (eds.), The Age of Transition: The Archaeology of English Culture 1400-1600 (Soc Medieval Archaeology Monograph 15, Oxbow Monograph 98), 1997, 171-195

B.Nenk, ‘Ceramic Culinary Moulds’, in D.Gaimster and M.Redknap (eds), Everyday and Exotic Pottery from Europe c.650-1900: Studies in honour of John G Hurst (1992), Oxbow, 290-302