mages courtesy of Special Collections, University of Sheffield

Eighteenth-Century Studies Group


The Eighteenth-Century Studies Group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University of Sheffield. Together we cover the long eighteenth century - from c.1650 to 1850 - with particular strengths in British, American and European history. Staff are drawn from English Literature and Language, French, Hispanic Studies, History, Landscape, Russian and Music. The group holds regular informal meetings, at which academics and graduate students have lively exchanges. The group also supports the MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Members of the group are active in many national and international meetings of the eighteenth-century community, notably the annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Several members of staff have served as officers in BSECS. We work with colleagues at many other institutions, including our eighteenth-century colleagues at the other two White Rose universities, York and Leeds. Students and staff from the group regularly contribute to the annual White Rose Postgraduate Conference.

Sheffield is an hospitable place for eighteenth-century studies. Locally, the University, City and museums provide access to rich resources for research. Regionally, Sheffield has good access to other University collections, country house libraries and archives, county collections (in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, for example), and the British Library (at Boston Spa). The group is a valuable resource for graduate students of the eighteenth century in any discipline.

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