Welcome to the Institute of English Studies

The Institute of English Studies is an internationally renowned research centre, specialising in the history of the book, manuscript and print studies and textual scholarship.

Our activities include providing post-graduate courses; hosting major collaborative research projects; providing essential research training in book history and palaeography; and facilitating scholarly communities in all areas of English studies.

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The Museum of Writing

The Museum of Writing is focused on matters central to the historical and theoretical understanding of writing from its invention to the present. The repository showcases materials housed at the Senate House Library at the University of London. It includes cuneiform tablets, hieroglyphics, Roman wax tablets, styli, quills, fountain pens, vellum, papyri, parchment, autographs, piano rolls and more.
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Dr Wim Van Mierlo

Professor Rick Rylance

The University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance as director of the Institute of English Studies (IES).

Professor Rylance was chief executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and chair of the Research Councils UK executive group. He has been at the AHRC since 2009. Prior to that he was head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Exeter, and before that dean of arts and letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.


Yeats's Mask Book cover

Yeats Annual No. 19: Yeats's Mask

Yeats Annual No. 19 is another special issue in this renowned research-level series.

Yeats Annual is published by Open Book Publishers in association with the Institute of English Studies.