The Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York was formed in 2012 to support a growing interdisciplinary network bringing together expertise from across the UK and beyond. We offer a hub for exchange, consisting of a database of resources, publications, and projects showcasing significant developments in the theory, history, and practice of pilgrimage. We aim to provide the many academics and practitioners at work in this rapidly-growing field with a place to 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 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.