Research and learning overview

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. The Center also provides art enrichment programs, collaborative teaching opportunities, and learning experiences for diverse audiences through our Education department.

Research Programs

The Department of Research stewards a wide-ranging scholarly program that is both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope. The department seeks to support the study and understanding of British art through talks, lectures, conferences, films, concerts, performances, symposia, and workshops. Encouraging the participation of scholars at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and senior—the department facilitates dialogues, collaborations, and networks.

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Residential Scholars Awards

The Center offers three types of short-term residential awards to scholars undertaking research related to British art. While in residence, scholars will have access to the Center’s rich holdings of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts, as well as primary and secondary reference materials. Scholars will have a dedicated working space, the opportunity to participate in the Center’s events and programs, and will be encouraged to engage with the scholarly community of the Center and the university.


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The Center has an active publishing program and collaborates with Yale University Press on publications accompanying major exhibitions. In conjunction with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Center publishes the award-winning online journal British Art Studies.

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Education Programs

The Education department offers a rich variety of experiences for visitors of all ages and abilities. Through tours and programs for the general public, the Yale community, and all levels of education from K–12 to college and university, educators help visitors look more closely, make connections across history, and engage in meaningful conversations. Our Access programs offer thoughtful and tailored sessions for children on the autism spectrum, as well as for other-abled adults. 


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