Social Events for Delegates

In addition to the programme of events and excursions which are also open to the public, the IMC includes a variety of receptions and events that are open to delegates only. Please wear your IMC delegate or exhibitor name badge at all times.

IMC Receptions

A reception will be held to celebrate the opening of the IMC 2017 Bookfair on Monday 03 July, in the Parkinson Court.

On Wednesday 05 July, there will be a further reception jointly hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds to welcome Congress delegates to Leeds and to the IMC 2017.

Other Receptions

The following organisations will also be hosting receptions at the IMC:

  • Brill
  • Early Medieval Europe
  • Centre for Medieval & Early Modern History Studies, University of Kent
  • Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
  • Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
  • Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
  • Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG)
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Medieval Heresy & Dissent Research Network at the University of Nottingham
  • Mediävistenverband
  • Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (PCMRS) and Monash University
  • School of English, University of Nottingham
  • Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
  • St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
  • University of Wales Press

Please see the printed programme for details of their times and location.

The IMC Dance

Wednesday 05 July

Leeds University Union


The ever-popular IMC dance will be held on Wednesday 05 July, in Leeds University Union from 21.30.

This year a local DJ will provide the entertainment.

'Rys up an lat us daunce!'

Thursday 06 July

Performed and directed by Arbeau Dancers, featuring live music by Peter Bull


20.30 - 22.30

To celebrate the closing of the IMC 2017 and the ‘Making Leeds Medieval’ events, we invite all participants to attend an informal (and joyous) evening of medieval dance led by the Arbeau Dancers. The Arbeau Dancers will provide instruction and demonstrations of the different dances, ranging from the stately Basse Dances of the Burgundian court to the more lively dances of the Italian Renaissance. Audience participation is very welcome, whether you are a complete beginner, more confident, or something of an expert! Likewise, participants are invited to simply come and cheer on the dancers.

The Arbeau Dancers are a Yorkshire-based group who perform and demonstrate historical dances from the 14th to 19th centuries. They derive their name from a 16th-century French monk, Thoinot Arbeau, who wrote a dance manual, the Orchesographie, describing how dances were performed and the etiquette and manners of the time. They frequently perform in period costume, which they research carefully to provide as authentic a demonstration as possible.

Peter Bull is a historical musician who plays a variety of instruments, many of which date back to the Middle Ages. These include the hurdy-gurdy, the dulcimer, the lute, recorders, and flute. He has appeared regularly at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London with the historical interpreters Past Pleasures, as well as at many properties in the care of English Heritage and the National Trust. His solo appearances include recitals at the Leicester Early Music Festival, the Leeds City Art Gallery, and the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

For more information about the Arbeau Dancers please visit

For more information on Peter Bull, please visit,