Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is a scholarly centre in London devoted to supporting research into the history of British Art. It was founded in 1970 and endowed by a gift from Paul Mellon. Since 1996, it has been situated at 16 Bedford Square in a Grade I listed building. This building houses an outstanding library of 12,000 volumes focused on British Art, and an archive that contains a number of important manuscript collections.

As well as being incorporated as a British educational charity, the centre is part of Yale University and provides teaching in London for Yale students, through the successful Yale-in-London scheme. The centre supports a publication programme through Yale University Press and co-ordinates its activities with the sister institution, the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. The centre published an online catalogue raisonné of the artist Richard Wilson[1] to coincide with the tercentenary of the artist's birth.

The centre administers a comprehensive programme of grants and fellowships designed to support research into the history of British art, and hosts workshops, symposia, conferences and regular series of seminars.

The centre is a registered charity under English law[2] and is a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History.

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  1. ^ Spencer Longhurst, Paul. "Richard Wilson Online". Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. 
  2. ^ THE PAUL MELLON CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN BRITISH ART, Registered Charity no. 313838 at the Charity Commission

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