About the Centre

Reconstruction of the Shrine of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral c.1408/ ©The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York, 2020

The Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at York has been formed to support a growing interdisciplinary network bringing together expertise from across the UK and beyond. It aims to provide a simple ‘hub’, through which the many academics and practitioners at work in this rapidly-growing field can exchange information, and to encourage interdisciplinary, inter-institutional conversations and collaboration.

The Centre is overseen by a steering group of scholars from a wide range of institutions in the UK, US and Australia, as well as experts from English Heritage, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The University of York has provided funding to establish the Centre, create a pilot database of pilgrimage resources and hold network-building events, with a view to developing new research collaborations and projects. The Centre is situated in the Humanities Research Centre at York and supported by the Department of History.

The Centre builds on research and projects carried out in the University’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture. These have included the major AHRC-funded Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals: Past and Present project which ran from 2014 to 2017, and associated follow-on projects including 'The Becket Connection' which led amongst other things to the creation of the Becket Story webresource. Other resources include the Pilgrims and Pilgrimage interactive CD-ROM (2nd edition, 2011) and the English Cathedrals and Monasteries interactive DVD-ROM (2013).