Photograph by David Garner

The Syon Abbey collection contains twelve complete liturgical and theological manuscripts, dating between the 15th and 17th centuries

About the Centre

The Centre for Medieval Studies is home to excellent interdisciplinary graduate training and research into most aspects of the medieval world.

It brings together a lively graduate community with one of the largest concentrations of medievalists in the United Kingdom, with over 25 staff from 9 different disciplines: Archaeology, Art History & Visual Culture, Classics, English, Modern Languages, History, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Theology. Our staff’s research expertise ensures we combine wide chronological range with geographical breadth in both our teaching and research. Working together we range from Late Antiquity through the early Middle Ages, to the Central and Later Middle Ages. We cover not only British and European medieval history and culture but also that of the Near and Middle East. Much of our research is interdisciplinary; see our research projects page for details of some of our recent and current externally funded projects. For news about individual's ongoing research, please read our blog.

Situated in the medieval city of Exeter, we enjoy easy access to an excellent range of medieval holdings from across the South West for use in both graduate training and research. The wider South West region also offers unrivalled opportunities to explore not only its archaelogy, landscape and architectural histories, but also the myths and stories associated with particular sites.

We host a regular seminar in termtime, as well as a full programme of research workshops and conferences aimed at both scholars and graduate students. Further details are available on our news and events page.