The Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research fosters teaching and research in the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England and in the broader field of manuscript studies. Named in memory of the founder of the Professorship of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, Richard Rawlinson (1690–1755), the Center opened in May 1994, and in 2005 it received the endowment established by Georgian Rawlinson Tashjian and David Reitler Tashjian to support its mission. A separate fund, also endowed by the Tashjian family, supports a study fellowship, awarded in 2016 to Julie Polcrack to participate in the Bamburgh Research Project’s archaeological field school.
The Center is sponsoring four sessions at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11-14, 2017), including "Dwelling in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape I," featuring the Richard Rawlinson Center Congress speaker, Sarah J. Semple (Durham Univ.).
Tashjian Travel Awards were made to Sian Mui (Durham Univ.) and Jeremy Piercy (Univ. of Edinburgh) for their papers to be delivered at the 2017 Congress.