Central London offers an unrivalled concentration of resources, lectures, seminars and other events relating to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
UCL MARS staff and students host and participate in a wide range of the following seminars and events.
UCL Seminars and Lectures
- UCL Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Seminar (IMARS)
- Early Modern Exchanges
- Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Joint Medieval Seminar
London Seminars and Lectures
- European History, 1150-1550 (Institute of Historical Research - IHR)
- The Warburg Institute
- Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy (IHR)
- Earlier Middle Ages (IHR)
- Late Medieval Seminar (IHR)
- London Renaissance Consortium (Courtauld Institute)
- The British Museum
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- The National Gallery
- London Anglo-Saxon Symposium (School of Advanced Study)
- The London Medieval Society
For information on medieval events, contact Professor Sophie Page.
For email bulletins of Renaissance events, visit The Courtauld.
MARS students can access the collections of the following research libraries, all of which are within five or six minutes' walking distance of UCL.
- UCL Library
- The British Library
- The Warburg Institute
- The Institute of Historical Research
- Senate House Library (including the Palaeography Room)
- Dr Williams's Library
- The Wellcome Collection
These libraries hold collections of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century printed books, digitised collections and repertoria. Together, they constitute one of the best concentrations of resources for Medieval and Renaissance studies in the world.
London offers many other resources for Medieval and Renaissance scholars; The National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library are just a few examples.
Module tutors and dissertation supervisors can advise students on the use of subject-specific digital resources. The following are a few general digital resources that MARS students may find useful:
- E-resources @ UCL Library Hub to locate copies of books in UK research libraries.
- Perseus for classical materials.
- Thesaurus linguae graecae, a database of almost all known ancient and Byzantine Greek texts up until 1453, in scholarly editions. Available through the UCL list of databases.
- Diogenes For searching and browsing the databases of ancient texts, primarily in Latin and Greek. The collection includes digital versions of the Lewis and Short Latin dictionary and Lidell, Scott and Jones Greek dictionary.
- Du Cange, Glossarium Ad Scriptores Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis, for medieval Latin.
- Bible Gateway for searches in Biblical texts in many languages.
- Digital Scriptorium Includes digital images of manuscripts.
- Biblioteca italiana (CIBIT) for the best site for Italian e-texts.
- BIVIO (Biblioteca virtuale online) with many Italian Renaissance texts, both in Latin and Italian.
- An analytic bibliography of on-line neo-Latin texts compiled by Dana F. Sutton (University of California, Irvine). A list of digital versions of many medieval and Latin texts in rare printed editions.
- The 'Einbanddatenbank' is a searchable database of the stamps used for decorating fifteenth- and sixteenth-century leather bindings. It is useful for dating copies and identifying their origins.
- Orbis latinus for identifying Latin place names.