The Department of English is home to the College's longstanding Centre for Victorian Studies, one of the leading national and international Centres for Victorian Studies.
In 2009, Royal Holloway was the venue for the first summit meeting bringing together all staff belonging to Victorian Studies Centres in the UK. The Centre for Victorian Studies is twinned with the established and popular MA in Victorian Literature, Art and Culture. Unique to the college and its history of excellence in Victorian Studies is world-famous collection of Victorian art; the Picture Gallery functions as a stunning venue for numerous events as well as an irreplaceable object of study in its own right.
The Centre provides a stimulating environment for a large, thriving and international postgraduate community. Under the direction of Professor Juliet John, Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature from 2011-2017, it is now under the direction of Dr Sophie Gilmartin, assisted by Natalie Reeve.