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


Garden Genius: Architecture, Music and Mechanisms in the work of 
Salomon de Caus (1576-1626)

‌CREMS Research Associate Emanuela Vai (University of Turin) reflects on an overlooked pioneer of Renaissance garden and water feature designs.​​


SCSC Roland Bainton Prize for Reference Works

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Congratulations to CREMS members Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith along with Rachel Willie (John Moores) whose recent publication has been awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize (for Reference Works) by the Council of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

European Referendum

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Our statement on the EU Referendum.

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.

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Are we Raising the Curtain on London's First Theatreland? Recent Archaeological Excavation of the Curtain Playhouse, Shoreditch

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Heather Knight (Museum of London Archaeology), lead archaeologist on the Curtain excavations.


Postgraduate Virtual Open Day

Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York.


“Playing by the rules? Spenser, Castiglione, and Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost”

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Patricia Wareh (Union College, New York), CREMS visiting scholar.


The Patron’s Window and a Travelling Artist: Hans Schäufelein in Schwaz

History of Art Research seminar with speaker Uwe Gast (German Corpus Vitrearum)


Cabinet of Curiosities PG Symposium: 'Pain in the Early Modern Period'

Postgraduate students from Sheffield and York will be presenting papers dealing with pain in the early modern period.


'"Is there a God? Let it be put to vote": The Atheism Crisis in 1640s England'

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Alec Ryrie (Durham)

Postgraduate Study