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The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies was founded in 1996 at the University of York and is based at the historic King's Manor in the heart of the city. Its staff members are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art and Philosophy. The Centre has a lively research community within which students can individually and collaboratively pursue their interests in the history, culture, politics, literature, art, and society of the period.

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'The Sea Triumph of Charles II'

Open to all staff and students interested in the long eighteenth century


CECS Colloquium

CECS Colloquium to celebrate the work of Harriet Guest


‘Captain Morris in Full Glee, Or, The Poetics of Conviviality’

Open to all staff and students interested in the long eighteenth century


‘The Return of the Mummy: Napoleon’s Funeral, History and the July Monarchy’

Open to all students and staff interested in the long eighteenth century


CECS Day Conference

Portraiture: Performances, exchanges and debates in the Long 18th Century. CECS Summer Conference


Saturday 17 May 2014
Sound Words, Strange Tattoos, and Unbounded Attachments: Celebrating the Work of Professor Harriet Guest

Registration now open

Saturday 28 June 2014
'Portraiture: Exchanges and Debates in the Long 18th Century
Details to follow

 You will find a full list of all our events on our Events Calendar page.

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Funding for MA Students

The University of York is offering 60 taught Masters scholarships worth £10,000 each to students liable to pay fees at the home rate entering in 2014.


CECS is offering up to four £1000 scholarships towards fees for the MA in Eighteenth Century Studies for 2014-5. See Funding and Money for details.

JOHN BARRELL ELECTED TO PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP. At the Annual Congregation of King's College, Cambridge, John Barrell, Honorary Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature and co-founder of CECS, was elected a permanent Honorary Fellow of the College. December 2013.

whiteroselogo   AHRC Doctoral funding announced

Congratulations to Adam Perchard and Ruth Scobie for organising a wonderful 2-day conference and festival, Encounters, Affinities, Legacies: the Eighteenth Century in the present Day. There are  some photos of the day up on the conference website.

Professor Harriet Guest has been awarded an honorary visiting professorship for the Autumn term 2013 at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales.

Summer 2013: We are delighted to announce that John Barrell has been awarded an honorary professorship by the University of York senate.



Postgraduate Study

Thinking of taking an MA?

Going to CECS for postgraduate study was one of the best decisions of my life. The superb teaching and collegial research environment stimulated, challenged and inspired me

DH, English Lecturer

 Or maybe you are considering an MA by Research, MPhil, or PhD?

Explore our staff pages to see the wide range of interests and expertise among our staff, or email us at to discuss your ideas.

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