An interdisciplinary research centre bringing together our extensive expertise in History, Archaeology, Theology and English.

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About us

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.

Expertise

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 projects that combine history and archaeology such as the Winchester medieval leper hospital project and the Royal Hunting Lodges project.

Explore our research projects to find out more

Collaborations

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 and the Heritage Open Days.

Centre launch

The Centre launch on 10 May 2018 featured Keynotes by two eminent Winchester historians: Emerita Professor Barbara Yorke and Emeritus Professor Michael Hicks. Prof. Yorke spoke about Early Anglo-Saxon kingship from recent archaeological discoveries, including the famous Staffordshire Hoard, while Prof. Hicks, an expert on Richard III, delved into the politics of late medieval England.

Find out more about the launch of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research. 

Postgraduate research

The Centre will run 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.

Convenors

History

Archaeology

English

Theology

Events

29/30 August 2018: Early Tudor Court Culture Conference, University of Winchester

A conference celebrating the launch of the digital edition of the Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII (1485 - 1521). 

12 Sept 2018: The Legacy of Alfred - The Anglo-Saxons and the Birth of England

Centre members Dr Katherine Weikert, Professor Emeritus Barbara Yorke and Dr Ryan Lavelle (pictured below right with Michael Wood) join forces with historian and broadcaster Michael Wood at the Winchester Discovery Centre for The Legacy of Alfred - The Anglo-Saxons and the Birth of England. The event, which focusses on the important role played by Anglo-Saxon women, is a fundraising event for the Winchester Heritage Open Days (see below). It starts at 19.30 and comprises ca 45 minutes of discussion followed by a Q&A. Books will be on sale in the foyer. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from Winchester Discovery Centre, by calling 01962 873603 or online. Download the Event poster for The Legacy of King Alfred Sept 2018.

Ryan Lavelle and Michael Wood photo

13-16 Sept. 2018: Winchester Heritage Open Days

A cornucopia of free talks, guided walks, tours and more, featuring many of our academics and PhD students. From a walking tour through the lens of the Battle of Winchester with Dr Katherine Weikert to a medieval queens workshop for children with Dr Ellie Woodacre and a talk on a forgotten queen by PhD student Gabby Storey, there is something for everyone. Find out more.

20 Oct. 2018: Winchester Early Medieval Power and Faith Symposium

Centre members Dr Ryan Lavelle, Dr Eric Lacey and Dr Katherine Weikert will be among the speakers at the high-profile Winchester Early Medieval Power and Faith Symposium, a one-day event dedicated to exploring the great churches of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Winchester. The symposium, organised by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, will be chaired by Dr Ryan Lavelle and the speakers' panel also includes Professor Barbara Yorke, Professor Emeritus of Early Medieval History. The symposium takes place at the Guildhall in Winchester. Find out more and book your place.

Recent events

On 12 July 2018, best-selling historical novelist and History PhD student Nicola Tallis joined other Dr Ellie Woodacre and other academics for 'Royal lovers and rivals in Renaissance England and France', an evening of engaging discussion about the intense rivalry in love and politics in the Renaissance courts of England and France. This talk formed part of this Year's Kings and Queens conference, titled Ruling Sexualities; find out more.

On 17 May 2018, we welcomed Sean McGlynn from the Open University who presented ‘The Year that Saved England: The Battle of Sandwich and conflict in the Weald, 1217’. 

The Centre organises an annual Medieval Studies Day, building on the success of such a day over recent years. Medieval Studies Day 2018 took place on 25 April, find out more.