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Department of History

Research centres


The Department plays an active role in a number of University and Regional Institutes and Centres, which underpin its central research strengths. The Department has strong involvement with interdisciplinary research centres, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) being the most prominent. We also have links with the Institute of Advanced Study, and we are part of the North-East England History Institute (NEEHI).

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) 

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is one of the most diverse and dynamic centres of medieval and renaissance studies in the world. The IMEMS aims to inform the shape of Medieval and Early Modern Studies through its researchers, and their collaborative, interdisciplinary projects, through its engagement with funding councils and public policy, through its first-rate postgraduate community, and through its national and international impact. The unique resources of Durham - collections of manuscripts and early printed books unparalleled outside Oxford, Cambridge and London, unsurpassed history and architecture, and first class students and staff - form the intellectual hub for the IMEMS. The Institute includes scholars across thirteen Departments and three Faculties, as well as a vibrant community of postgraduates.