Late December saw the announcement of the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. All 4 of the departments involved in CECS – Archaeology, English and Related Literatures, History of Art, and History – came in the top five in their relevant subject category. This speaks volumes for the quality of research being produced by the staff associated with CECS. Each department had a very strong showing not only in their research outputs, but also in the ‘research environment’ category. CECS is very proud to be an integral part of that environment, providing a base for research excellence in its staff working across the long eighteenth century, and providing a unique inter-disciplinary context that nurtures the next generation of scholars.