It's time for Reform: Leeds International Medieval Congress


This week marks the 22nd annual International Medieval Congress (6 - 9 July), when more than two thousand of the world's most knowledgeable medievalists descend on the University of Leeds.

Focusing this year’s theme on the subject of ‘reform and renewal’, the Congress is Europe's largest annual gathering in humanities and presents the latest research on all aspects and time periods of the European Middle Ages.

Members of the public are invited to join a series of events, both on and off the University campus, including historical crafts such as making mail armour, long bows, and textile production and dyeing.

There will also be samples of medieval-inspired food and drink - including the Congress Ale - falconry displays, medieval musicians and fighting displays to enjoy.

In addition, a walking tour of Leeds city centre will trace the history of Leeds from medieval settlement to one of the most important business centres in the UK.

The Congress offers 2,400 delegates from 46 countries more than 600 academic sessions and 1,700 lectures, as well as a wide range of concerts, performances, readings, round tables, excursions, book fairs and associated events.

In the past 21 years, the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds has received over 12,000 visitors and brought more than £10 million into the city and surrounding areas.

Director of the International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds, Axel Mí¼ller said: “The public are encouraged to come along and get involved in this medieval extravaganza. There are numerous events for people to join in and experience medieval culture, craft and cuisine.”

Advanced booking is recommended, but tickets for most events are also available on the door.

Further information

For further information, including ticket availability, and how to buy tickets online, please visit the website

Image is of Congress Ale.

The Institute for Medieval Studies is based in the University's Faculty of Arts 

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