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.
Illuminating Natural History: The Art and Science of Mark Catesby by Henrietta McBurney Wins Society for the History of Natural History Book Prize 2022
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New Drawing Room Display Now Open
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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.
7 June 2023
The Architecture of Disability
8 June 2023
Public Event Series
Globalising the Tudors
14 June 2023
The Small Spaces of Empire
15 to 16 June 2023
Rossettis: In Relation
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Read about all upcoming events, including lectures, film screenings, parties and more.
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.
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.
Access our Archives & Library Collections
Visit our Public Study Room, make an enquiry, request digital copies, or search our catalogues.
The papers of art historians, museum directors, curators, dealers, art critics, collectors and others working on the history of British art and architecture.
More than 26,000 books, pamphlets, exhibition catalogues and theses available for reference.
Photo Archive Collections
More than 100,000 reference photographs of British paintings, decorative painting, sculpture, drawings and prints now digitised.
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.
Yale in London
A study abroad programme for Yale students.
Public Lecture Course
Introducing innovative research in British art history to the public.
Write on Art
A writing competition to inspire tomorrow's art historians.
Graduate Summer School
A lively twelve-day programme of workshops, discussions and encounters with historical archives and contemporary practice.
Our networks connect and support researchers and professionals engaging with British art, at different stages of their working lives.
British Art Network
A network for curators, sharing expertise, research and ideas on British art.
Doctoral Researchers Network
A supportive group of PhD students, offering academic and professional training.
Early Career Researchers Network
A supportive peer-to-peer network of people working to establish careers as researchers in British art.
Supporting Emerging Researchers and Professionals
We also run competitions and events such as British Art in Motion and the Art Trade Seminar.
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.
Climate & Colonialism
A multi-year project aiming to provide a testing ground for transhistorical conversations.
Considering London as a key yet under-explored site in the construction of art historical narratives in Asia, this project is working towards a more expanded and diverse narrative of British art.
Art & the Country House
Explore the collection and display of art in eight country houses around Britain.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018
A major online publication celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts.