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The Yale Center for British Art oversees an active research program through which it promotes and fosters the scholarship of all aspects of British art and material culture. It is the Center’s aim to support and generate research that is both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope.
As well as fostering a public program comprising lectures, conferences, films, concerts and performances, the Center offers opportunities for scholars at all levels to study its collections, and participate in its scholarly programs. The Center offers short-term residential Visiting Scholar Awards at predoctoral and postdoctoral levels; opportunities for students at Yale and elsewhere, including travel grants, research positions, an annual Graduate Student Symposium, and a biennial Graduate Student Summer Seminar.
The Center is also active in the publishing of research, and collaborates with Yale University Press on publications accompanying major exhibitions. In conjunction with the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, the Center is responsible for Studies in British Art, an ongoing series of essay volumes published by Yale University Press and the new online journal British Art Studies.
Two conservation studios—one specializing in paintings, the other in works on paper—are located within the Center and form an integral part of its research and pedagogical mission. The Conservation department and affiliated staff work closely with the conservation departments at the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as other Yale units, and are involved in the development of new initiatives to expand conservation facilities and research, both on site and at Yale’s West Campus.