Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair

The Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair will take place in the Leeds University Union, University Square, and in the Marquee on Thursday 05 July, 10.30-18.00. Scheduled to coincide with Making Leeds Medieval, the Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair adds a further dimension to the very popular end of congress celebration event, while offering delegates the unique opportunity to discover more about some of the many independent groups within the UK actively involved in preserving local and national history.

The following organisations are amongst those currently confirmed as exhibiting at the Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair:

Currently Confirmed Exhibitors

Battle of Fulford Tapestry: The Battle of Fulford Tapestry tells the story of the first battle of 1066. Embroidered in the style and using the same materials employed to make the Bayuex Tapestry, it uses medieval iconography.

British Brick Society: The study of brick-making and brick buildings in their social, economic, and political contexts.

Church Monuments Society / Monumental Brass Society: The Church Monuments Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of church monuments. We produce an annual peer-reviewed journal, together with a newsletter, and have a varied programme of events through the year.

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture: The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture is a complete online record of all the surviving Romanesque sculpture in the British Isles and the Irish Republic. Available free to all, it acts as both a record of a precious heritage and as an exciting new tool for researchers. Through its interactive capabilities, we are able to resolve old problems and ask new questions.

Friends of Stank Hall: The Friends of Stank Hall (FOSH) are a volunteer community group dedicated to saving and restoring the historic Stank Hall and Barn in South Leeds from dereliction. The site, consisting of Stank Old Hall (formerly a royal hunting lodge with garderobe dating back to circa 1280), Stank New Hall (built in 1590), and Stank Hall Barn (dating back to circa 1480), is owned by Leeds City Council.

Leeds Symposium on Food History: An organised annual symposium on a topic relating to food history and traditions with resulting papers published.

Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project: The Stamford Bridge Tapestry will commemorate the Battle of Stamford Bridge (September 25, 1066), when the Saxons defeated the Vikings so comprehensively that almost an entire generation of Viking warriors was wiped out. It is being stitched by a team of volunteers and is intended to become a national heirloom for Britain, in the same way as the Bayeux Tapestry is for France.

Thoresby Society, the Historical Society for Leeds and District: The Thoresby Society publishes original research on aspects of Leeds history and will be displaying copies of its publications, particularly those relating to Kirkstall Abbey and the Manor of Leeds.

Towton Battlefield Society: The Towton Battlefield Society works tirelessly to preserve the memory of Palm Sunday 1461 and the integrity of the battlefield. The Society has three objectives: to preserve and protect Towton Battlefield; to promote education about the Battle of Towton; and to promote research into medieval history, particularly the Battle of Towton.

Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society: The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire’s past. The society publishes the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal annually, as well as a Record Series and volumes such as the Wakefield Court Rolls. The Society encourages interest in Yorkshire’s past and promotes the study of its history through events, lectures and outings.

The Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (YVBSG): The study and recording of vernacular buildings in (and around) Yorkshire. Our Journal Yorkshire Buildings is published annually.