Centre for Medieval Studies

Bristol Cathedral
Cathedral sculpture
Cathedral pillars

Centre for Medieval Studies: draws together the research interests of all staff and postgraduate students who work on the Middle Ages

About the Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies was formed in 1994 and is a well-established presence within the Faculty of Arts. It creates an exciting and supportive forum for staff and postgraduate researchers alike. An emphasis is placed upon interdisciplinary exchange, and the Centre regularly holds seminars and conferences (including an annual postgraduate conference), to which specialists in a wide range of disciplines are invited to contribute. The Centre plays an active role in various Worldwide Universities Network programmes, and regularly runs sessions at the international medieval conferences at Leeds and Kalamazoo.


Bristol's medievalists work in a range of disciplines including:

  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Medieval Drama
  • Medieval English
  • Medieval French
  • Medieval History
  • Medieval History of Art
  • Medieval Italian
  • Medieval Music
  • Medieval Theology
  • Neo-Latin

The Centre and Bristol

The Centre for Medieval Studies has internationally recognised expertise in an unrivalled range of areas reflecting Bristol's historic role as a gateway to Europe. Medieval Bristol was England's second city and major maritime port for trade and exploration. The University is at the heart of the bustling modern city which retains many of its spectacular medieval buildings as well as local archive resources. Modern Bristol is the major city in England's South West and a significant cultural centre in its own right.

Research themes

The Centre's activities relate directly to the 'Medieval Cultures' University research theme, which is concerned with all aspects of the history, culture, art and representation of medieval Europe. Research themes are designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote research between departments.

Postgraduate study

Study for MPhil and PhD with internationally renowned medievalists.

Courses and programmes


For more information on our publication series, please visit the Bristol Studies in Medieval Culture section of the Boydell and Brewer website.

Latest news

Dr Benjamin Pohl (History) has just been awarded a prestigious John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Fellowship for the summer of 2016. During his time in Manchester, he will be studying a rare manuscript of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, made at the German monastery of Gladbach and kept today in the Rylands Library's special collections.

GW4 Funding

The Centre for Medieval Studies has recently been part of a successful funding bid to the Great Western 4 partnership. For more information please visit the GW4 Medieval Studies page.

Discussion list

Bristol is the home of the international Medieval-Religion discussion list - the most widely used mailing list in the area of medieval studies.

Research in the faculty

Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).