Medieval manuscript

A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

Aerial view of York

York: one of the finest medieval cities in the world

People in Minster

The UK’s largest and longest established postgraduate provider of Medieval Studies  

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Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists 

York Minster screen

The city of York is rich in medieval resources

Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of York is one of the world’s leading centres for postgraduate study and research into the Middle Ages. We are one of the largest and longest established providers of Medieval Studies courses in the UK, combining world renowned knowledge, expertise and research from across the University.

Combining the disciplines of Medieval Art and Architecture, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval Literature and Medieval History and drawing on the unrivalled resources available in the medieval city of York, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary Medieval Studies experience and a unique MA in Medieval Studies.



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CMS receives a generous donation of Latin medieval manuscript fragments from Prof. Toshiyuki Takamiya (Keio University, Tokyo) .

Manuscript fragment from Takamiya collection

a miniature illuminated painting of the Annunciation from the Book of Hours, Takamiya Collection, The Borthwick Institute

Two CMS academics secure a place in the prestiqious British Academy Conference series for 2015

Medieval Studies at York



Events, conferences and workshops

Thursday 6 November 2014
The Annual Riddy Lecture
Dr. David Matthews (University of Manchester)
The Long Shadow of Dissent: Ownership, Readership, Censorship, and the Rylands Wycliffite Bibles
5:30pm, B/S005 (Bowland Auditorium). Wine reception from 5:00pm

Tuesday 11 November 2014
York Medieval Lecture 
Prof. Bianca Kühnel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jerusalem's Imprint on the European Visual Memory
5:30pm, K/133, King's Manor