Former Keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe, and senior curator of the early medieval collections at the British Museum, Leslie Webster specialises particularly in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods, on which she publishes and lectures widely. She is the author of Anglo-Saxon Art: a new History (2012) and is currently Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
Leslie co-curated four major exhibitions on early medieval themes at the British Museum, and also co-ordinated a series of exhibitions in five major European museums, as part of the European Science Foundation’s Transformation of the Roman World AD 400-900 Project. She has served as a Trustee and committee member on many professional bodies, including the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Archaeological Institute, and the Society for Medieval Archaeology, where she served as President from 2007 to 2010.
Other advisory work has included membership of the former English Heritage Museums and Archives Advisory Panel, the British Academy Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture Committee, and the National Heritage Memorial Fund Advisory Panel. She is actively engaged in the Staffordshire Hoard Research Project, and is co-editor of the 2019 publication The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure.