What we do

What we do

The Centre for Medieval Studies was formed in 1994 and is a well-established presence within the Faculty of Arts. We create an exciting and supportive forum for our staff, our postgraduate research students, and our postgraduate taught students on the MA in Medieval Studies. Our research and research events foster interdisciplinary exchange, and we regularly hold seminars and conferences (including an annual postgraduate conference), to which specialists in a wide range of disciplines are invited to contribute. We have strong local partnerships and international networks, and regularly run sessions at the international medieval conferences at Leeds and Kalamazoo. 

The Centre and Bristol

The Centre has internationally recognised expertise in an unrivalled range of areas reflecting Bristol’s historic role as a gateway to Europe. Medieval Bristol was England’s second city and major maritime port for trade and exploration. The University is at the heart of the bustling modern city which retains many of its spectacular medieval buildings as well as local archive resources. Modern Bristol is the major city in England’s South West and a significant cultural centre in its own right. 


Bristol’s medievalists work in a range of disciplines including: 

  • Medieval Archaeology 
  • Medieval Drama 
  • Medieval English 
  • Medieval Scottish 
  • Medieval French 
  • Medieval History 
  • Medieval History of Art 
  • Medieval Italian 
  • Medieval Law 
  • Medieval Music 
  • Medieval Theology 
  • History of the Book