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.
Applications Now Open for Spring 2024 Grants and Fellowships
Explore ten different funding opportunities from senior fellowships to MA studentships.
Architecture in Britain and Ireland 1530–1830 by Steven Brindle Now Published
This major new history of architecture in Britain and Ireland looks at buildings and their construction in detail.
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 to 8 December 2023
Resist, Persist: Gender, Climate and Colonialism
12 January 2024
Fairyland, Sovereignty and Empire’s Body Politic
24 January 2024
Feminism meets Art History 1944/2024: Helen Rosenau’s monumental Woman in Art, then and now
26 January 2024
Race, Indian Revolution and the Colonial Camera
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Read about all upcoming events, including lectures, film screenings, parties and more.
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.
Our networks connect and support researchers and professionals engaging with British art, at different stages of their working lives.
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.