Medieval Research Cluster

Bilde av inngangsdøren til Mariakirken i Bergen


A medieval research cluster is about to be established at the University of Bergen, forming one of the university’s knowledge clusters as outlined in the strategy for 2016–2022.

The Medieval Research Cluster will be firmly rooted in a broad and interdisciplinary environment both inside and outside of the university, with the Faculty of Humanities having overall responsibility for establishing and organising the cluster.


Medieval studies has enjoyed a strong position in Bergen since the establishment of Bergen Museum in 1825, and has been an important part of the research environment at the University of Bergen from its founding in 1946.

Medieval research is an integral part of several disciplines at the university, such as art history, comparative literature, philology, archaeology, the study of religions, history, geology, botany and music.

The Medieval Research Cluster aims to encourage more collaboration with colleagues and external partners, such as museums, collections, archives, schools, the tourism industry, the wider public sector and other representatives from culture and society. The goal is to increase awareness of and knowledge about the Middle Ages by presenting research in new and different contexts.

international conference
Middelalderkonferansen 2018
Oct 17

I vesterled – Westward bound

Interdisciplinary medieval conference, 17–18 October 2018.

Guest researcher - Archaeology
bilde av Leszek Gardeła

Passion and Profession - Viking at Heart

Leszek Gardeła on Viking women with weapons and his lifelong love affair with the North

Bergen museum

Historical overview

Bergen has long traditions when it comes to medieval research, all the way back to the foundation of the Bergen Museum in 1825, with its collections of objects from the Middle Ages.

Museum burglary

Stolen viking treasure is found

Most of the artifacts that was stolen from the University Museum this August has been found. Two men are arrested.