David Helliwell


Associate Faculty Member

Faculty / College Address:

China Centre



Research Interests:

Chinese bibliography, the Chinese book as an object.

Current Projects:

Cataloguing the pre-modern Chinese collections in Oxford libraries.

Recent Publications:

  • Holdings of Yongle Dadian in United Kingdom libraries. In Yongle Dadian bianzuan 600 zhounian guoji yantaohui lunwenji  (Peking), 2003.
  • East Asian cataloguing in British libraries – the contribution of allegro. In Catalogue and Index 153 (Summer 2006), 4-6.
  • John Jolliffe: Stone Age thinking at the speed of light – AACR2, MARC and other dinosaurs (edited by Geoffrey Neate and David Helliwell). 2007.

Further Info:

Recent presentations:

  • Four centuries of Chinese book collecting in Europe. (Paper presented at the Symposium on Chinese Culture in Europe, 54th Frankfurt International Book Fair, 11 October 2002.)
  • Palace editions in the Bodleian Library. (Paper presented at the First International Symposium on Qing Palace Books, Peking, 18-19 October 2007).
  • The beginnings of Chinese book collecting. (Paper presented at the British Library and National Library of China China Studies Forum, British Library, London, 11 May 2010).
  • Shenbao in print and online: some thoughts on changing formats. (Paper presented at the International Symposium on Cooperation among Libraries for East Asian Resources and Chinese Newspaper Digitalisation, Changsha, 25-27 October 2010).

Photograph of David Helliwell