Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research
An interdisciplinary research centre bringing together our extensive expertise in History, Archaeology, Theology and English.View content
Founded in 2018, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research brings together scholars from across the University, in History, Archaeology, Theology and English, into an interdisciplinary grouping to drive new and innovative research through collaboration, to enhance our understanding of the British Isles and the wider world from the end of the Classical Period to 1600.
The centre has particular expertise in Anglo-Saxon and earlier medieval history and in late medieval England and Europe. Thematic strands running throughout these areas are the study of kingship and queenship (see below) and of the history of Winchester and Wessex.
Our academics are involved with numerous high-profile medieval projects, such as the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Kingship, Court and Society, the Inquisitions post mortem projects and the Overland Trade project, as well as interdisciplinary projects such as the Winchester medieval leper hospital project, Medieval Jewish Winchester and the Royal Hunting Lodges project.
The Centre has close ties with the University's Royal Studies Network, which organises the annual Kings and Queens conference and publishes the Royal Studies Journal. Members have collaborated on events and projects with the Hampshire Cultural Trust (Royal Blood series) and Winchester City Council (Medieval Jewish Winchester). Centre experts have been involved with Hyde900, Hampshire Pride, the Winchester Heritage Open Days and the BBC History Weekends, which take place in Winchester.
The Centre runs training and engagement sessions for postgraduate research students, both on sector-wide topics such as impact and digital humanities and on more specific medieval topics. Our current research students are studying a wide range of topics and the centre provides support as well as an opportunity for them to discuss their work more widely. Applications from prospective students are most welcome; for details of the staff available to undertake research supervision, please visit the staff profiles below. Find out more about research degrees at Winchester.
Background image: the Saxon stronghold and Norman fortress of Corfe Castle in Dorset.
Meet our medieval and Renaissance experts
Follow the links below to find out more about our research interests, areas of supervision and latest publications.
- Dr Carey Fleiner
- Em. Prof. Michael Hicks
- Dr Robert Houghton
- Dr Ryan Lavelle
- Dr Rebecca Oakes
- Dr Katherine Weikert
- Dr Ellie Woodacre
- Dr Cindy Wood
- Em. Prof. Barbara Yorke
Annual centre events
Medieval Studies Day
The Centre's 2019 Medieval Studies Day will take place on Tuesday 30 April, offering a showcase of ongoing research at Winchester on medieval topics. Details and programme will be announced nearer the time.
Annual Public Lecture
For the 2019 CMRR Annual Lecture on Wednesday 20 February, we will welcome Prof. Chris Given Wilson from the University of St Andrews, who will shine a light on the life of Bishop William Wykeham of Winchester, a highly influential late medieval figure who as Chancellor of England was deeply involved in politics during the turbulent period of the reigns of Edward III and Richard II.
Free, but please reserve your seat by emailing us.