The CMS from the city walls (c) Henry Bainton

The CMS is based in the heart of medieval York

a selection of books from the Centre's imprints

Two major imprints publish under the aegis of the CMS

York Minster (c) George Mabee

The Minster: a crucial resource for studying the Middle Ages in York

A will held in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research

A will held at the Borthwick Institute

Detail from the York Gospels

The York Gospels: one of the treasures of York Minster Library

St Mary's Abbey at dusk

The Centre's illustrious neighbours include St Mary's Abbey

King's Manor stone steps

The King's Manor refectory: a popular meeting place for students

Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

One of the world's leading centres for interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research into the middle ages

Our 30 teaching staff are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History and History of Art.

The Centre's lively graduate community includes more than 150 students pursuing interdisciplinary or single-subject MAs and PhDs. Find out more...


Honorary Degree awarded today from the University of York, for CMS Co-Founder, Prof. Derek Pearsall.

Derek Pearsall


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

Linne Mooney is interviewed on BBC Radio 4 for the Making History programme 


York Minster's 
Great East Window

The fascinating story behind the restoration of York Minster's Great East Window is set out in a new book by Sarah Brown
Graduation pictures for summer 2014 - PhDs
CMS sends congratulations to three of its students who received their doctoral degrees at summer graduation:  Holly James-Maddocks (..Illuminators and their Scribes in Fifteenth-Century London), Jane-Heloise Nancarrow (...Romano-British Material Culture in Anglo-Norman England), and William White (...Representations of Restored Royal Exiles in Anglo-Saxon England)



Events, conferences and workshops

Thursday 6 November 2014
The Annual Riddy Lecture
Dr. David Matthews (University of Manchester)
5:30 pm, B/S005 (Bowland Auditorium)

Tuesday 11 November 2014
York Medieval Lecture 
Prof. Bianca Kühnel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jerusalem in the Urban Fabric of Late Medieval German Cities:  Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Regensburg
5:30 pm, K/133, King's Manor