The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS)

The IMS is one of the major centres for interdisciplinary study in Medieval Studies in the UK.  Teaching and PhD supervision draws from a community of scholars whose range spans Europe, from Iceland to Africa and the Middle East, and from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.

The Institute is home to the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Europe's largest annual gathering of medievalists, and the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages.  

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IMC 2016. Medieval Day at the Museum

Join us at the Leeds City Museum to experience Medieval Day at the Museum, where you will have a chance to immerse yourself in medieval-inspired crafts and activities for all ages. Starts at 12:00 pm.

IMC 2016. Special Public Lectures at the Treasures Gallery

Join us to explore the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society Archives, digital resources of Leeds University Library's Special Collections, and foods in mystery plays from Northern England. Starts at 1:00 pm.

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Setting the Table in Medieval Kirkstall

On Saturday, 30 April and Sunday 1 May, the IMS and IMC collaborated with Kirkstall Abbey to put on ‘Setting the Table at Medieval Kirkstall’, coinciding with the Kirkstall Deli Market.

Be Curious: 'Curious Curye'

On Saturday 19 March, 2016 the Institute for Medieval Studies took part in the University-wide Be Curious festival, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

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Staff profile

Claire Honess

Dante and his use of political ideas and imagery; medieval political poetry; modern Italian writers

Student Profile

Amy Devenney

Thesis: Miracles and medicine in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily