About the Centre

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University of Sheffield and aims to promote genuinely interdisciplinary and collaborative research.


Our interests extend over the whole breadth of the 'long Nineteenth Century', from c. 1789 to c. 1914, covering British, American and European history, literature and culture.

Current members of staff are drawn from English Literature and Language, History, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, French, Russian, Architecture, Music and Philosophy.

The Centre holds regular seminars and conferences, and provides a forum for its numerous graduate students. It runs a successful multi-disciplinary MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies.


The work of the Centre is not confined to the University, but extends outwards to the City, drawing on its wealth of nineteenth-century resources.

We work directly with the City Archives, the Ruskin Gallery, the Graves Art Gallery, and Weston Park Museum, making use of their materials for both research and MA teaching.

Important holdings include Ruskin's Guild of St George collection of art and crafts at the Ruskin Gallery, and, at the City Archives, the papers of Edward Carpenter, and the archive of the Guild of St George.

There are also extensive archival collections in the areas of labour, social, political and medical history.

The University of Sheffield library, which itself dates back to the nineteenth century, has excellent holdings in both the primary and secondary literature in the field, including complete runs of all the major British periodicals, parliamentary records, and works by both major and minor literary figures.

The library has over a million volumes, and subscribes to over 2,500 periodicals.

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Enquiries about our events, and requests for application forms for research degrees in the Centre, can be directed to the Co-Directors of the Centre:


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