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

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.

The Centre and Bristol

The Centre 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.

GW4 funding

GW4 is an alliance which combines four leading research-intensive universities in the South West of England and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Discussion list

The most widely used medieval-religion discussion list in the area of medieval studies.

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