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Based in London’s Bedford Square, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity and research institute that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture.

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British Blonde: Women, Desire and the Image in Post-War Britain

Join us for the Autumn 2023 Paul Mellon Lectures beginning Wednesdays 18 October at the Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A Museum.

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Journeys with 'The Waste Land', Turner Contemporary

Supported by a Curatorial Research Grant from the PMC.

Grants & Fellowships

Total amount given out in grants and fellowships for 2022.
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We run a thriving programme of events both in person and online. These events are geared to scholars, students and all those with a general interest in British art. They offer you the chance to engage with an extraordinary variety of topics, ideas and thinkers.

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We publish world-class monographs and catalogues on an ever-expanding range of topics, alongside a host of innovative digital publications, including our prize-winning journal British Art Studies.

Archives & Library

Visit our Public Study Room where you can explore our rich library and archival holdings. See below for how to make an appointment and search our catalogues.



Our aim is to make British art history and visual culture accessible to people of all ages by encouraging thought-provoking engagement with artworks and art historical research. We want people to think about how they ‘see’; and foster a sense of shared interest and community.

Graduate Summer School class of 2022 standing on Bedford Square


Our networks connect and support researchers and professionals engaging with British art, at different stages of their working lives.

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Research Projects

We are committed not only to supporting the most original kinds of research on British art and architecture, but also to producing and shaping it ourselves. View a selection of our in-house research projects below.

Participants at a workshop considering rare books laid out on a table