Staff are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, and History of Art


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Combine your own research with intensive seminar study under the guidance of a leading expert in the field

Fairfax House, York

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies is based at the historic King's Manor in the heart of York.

Our highly successful MA in Eighteenth Century Studies offers a wide choice of taught and practical modules, and our staff welcome proposals from students interested in pursuing a research degree.


Radio 4 interview with CECS Director

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Catriona Kennedy sheds light on the destructive Gordon Riots in a Radio 4 interview.

York celebrates The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism

Tuesday 30 April 2019

On May 7th, we look forward to celebrating the launch of 'The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism', edited by David Duff.

The British Academy awards funding to Professor Jon Mee for research project

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Funding has been granted for a research project exploring literature from the early British industrial revolution.

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Living amidst the ruins: A social geography of eighteenth-century Whitehall

CECS Postgraduate Forum with Juliet Learmouth (Birkbeck University of London)


City of Beasts: How animals shaped Georgian London

CECS Research Seminar with Thomas Almeroth-Williams (University of Cambridge)


Beer and Ballads

Join us at a local tavern as we recreate the convivial atmosphere of the radical meetings of the early 19th century

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