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Rievaulx Abbey arcade

Libraries and Archives

  • J. B. Morrell Library - The university’s main library houses extensive collections of books, journals and e-resources across all disciplines related to medieval studies, and offers a range of flexible working spaces.

  • Borthwick Institute for Archives - Based on the main campus, the Borthwick is one of the biggest archive repositories outside London, containing material from the 12th century to the present day. We regularly use this resource in our teaching and research.

  • King’s Manor Library - Rich collections of books on medieval art, architecture and stained glass.

  • York City Archives - Civic records.

  • York Minster Library - Manuscripts and archives, used for CMS teaching and research. Book collections in medieval theology, ecclesiastical history, medieval art and architecture (especially stained glass). 
  • British Library at Boston Spa - A short bus trip away. Access to the entire British Library collection.

Humanities Research Centre (HRC)

On campus, the HRC fosters wider interdisciplinary relationships and activities across the arts and humanities. It is a focal point for postgraduates on campus.

York and the Region

The city has many museums, historic buildings and churches, including York Minster, all of which feature in our teaching and research.

Further afield, there are some of the greatest medieval abbeys in England, including Fountains, Rievaulx and Jervaulx, important castles like Middleham, Bolton and Skipton, and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. We visit these regularly on field trips (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions).

We are a short train journey away from the great multicultural cities of northern England, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

London and Edinburgh are two hours away by train.