Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

A flourishing interdisciplinary community devoted to the study of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries

MA students, Castle Howard visit

Bringing together faculty and postgraduates from a wider range of disciplines than any other university in the UK

Humanties Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

The Centre has its own dedicated space in the newly built Berrick Saul Building

Postgraduate study area, Humanities Research Centre

CREMS is part of the University of York's Humanities Research Centre

Well placed for research into the rich archival and cultural resources found in and around York

A lively programme of seminars and conferences attracting scholars of international standing



Virtual Exhibition: 
Translating Christianity

‌Explore the York Minster Library exhibition, curated by Beth Richardson to accompany the 54th Annual Conference of the Ecclesiastical History Society (President: Simon Ditchfield, York History).


Premier of 'Tudor Trilogy'

Tuesday 18 August 2015

The Cabinet of Curiosities premiers an original play 'Tudor Trilogy: The Adventures of Elizabeth I and her Father, Henry VIII' written by visiting Fulbright scholar, Dr. Carole Levin.

CREMS postgraduates awarded AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowships

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Congratulations to CREMS postgraduates Elizabeth Biggs (History) and Anna Reynolds (English) who have been awarded prestigious AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowships.

Latest PhD success

Monday 22 June 2015

Warm congratulations to Christine Knaack, the latest of our doctoral candidates to pass her viva with flying colours!

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Seminar and CREMSmas Party

We are delighted to welcome Prof Stuart Carroll to deliver the final CREMS Research Seminar of the Autumn term.


‘Plum-pottage and popery: the Celebration and Suppression of Christmas in Seventeenth-Century England’

The Cabinet of Curiosities will contribute to the festive holiday season by hosting a social and a seminar by Emeritus Professor, Bernard Capp that explores the early modern Christmas traditions.


Cabinet of Curiosities Workshop “Showing a Leg and Cutting a Caper”: Dancing in the Early Modern Period

Darren Royston (RADA) will give a presentation on early modern dancing and the ways in which dancing was conducted and their meanings, implications and perceptions.


Epistolary cultures - letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe.

This conference will explore the many aspects of early modern epistolary culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters.

Postgraduate Study