About the Centre at the King's Manor

A research community
We warmly encourage our students to organise activities for the CECS community.  CECS MA and PhD students have  run highly successful conferences, sent panels to international conferences, and  have established a very popular Postgraduate Forum which provides them with valuable peer support for their research.

In the 20 years since its foundation the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies has come to be recognised as a leading centre in the English-speaking world for interdisciplinary research in the eighteenth century.


The Centre was founded in 1997, and in 1998 moved into its present home - a group of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century rooms in the historic King's Manor, in the centre of the city of York. It has 21 permanent members of staff and some 30-40 affiliated PhD students, and runs a flourishing MA programme with a wide range of optional courses. 

Its research seminars, held five or six times a term, attract visiting speakers from Europe and North America as well as from Britain, as do its frequent international conferences and one-day symposia.

Eighteenth-Century Resources

At the University of York
Almost all the major online databases for research into the 18th and early 19th centuries - including ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online), the British Periodicals Collection, the 19th-century British Library Newspaper Collection and the 17th- 18th-centuries Burney Newspaper Collection - are available at all workstations in the University. All students have access to the extensive resources of libraries on the Heslington Campus, including special collections of rare books, the comprehensive collection of more than 12,000 reels of microfilmed 18th-century books and ephemera, and the unique and extensive archival resources of the Borthwick Instutute of Historical Research. The King's Manor Library has a large collection of 18th-century resources, including microfilm collections of prints, images, periodicals and newspapers.

Outside the University
The King's Manor is next door to the York City Art Gallery and York City Archives, and a few minutes from the major 18th-century collections at York Minster Library. York's excellent resources are backed up by the presence, only a dozen miles away, of the British Library at Boston Spa, easily accessible using the University's free minibus service.

The City of York

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 York 800 Video of History of York

The city of York is a stimulating environment for the study of the eighteenth century; it contains a wealth of Georgian architecture, including buildings by Carr and Burlington. The King's Manor is close to the York Assembly Rooms, designed and erected by Lord Burlington, 1730-1735, now open to the public. York has a flourishing Georgian Society which runs a large programme of events, and a Georgian museum at Fairfax House which stages frequent exhibitions of everyday life in eighteenth-century England. From York, there is easy access to the great eighteenth-century houses and landscape gardens of Yorkshire, including Castle Howard, Harewood House, and Burton Constable.