Medieval Makeover for University of Leeds

More than 2000 of the world’s most knowledgeable medievalists descended on Leeds for the 21st annual International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds this week.

Travelling to Leeds from 57 countries, delegates took part in more than 1500 different talks and events, some of which were open to the public including a mock medieval village built in University Square.

The medieval village included historical demonstrations such as medieval combat, chain mail production, spinning, apothecary, falconry displays, musicians and a storyteller.

MeetInLeeds’ event manager, Anthony Lowe said:

“The Congress is a huge area of focus for our team every year and it continues to go from strength the strength. 

“This year we served around 3,000 meals a day with the refectory turned into a dining room and also served an authentic medieval feast, prepared as a collaboration between the University Catering team and food historian Caroline Yeldham.”

The International Medieval Congress is now Europe’s largest annual gathering in humanities; in the past 21 years, more than 21,000 papers have been presented to over 12,000 visitors, bringing more than £10 million into the city and surrounding areas. 

Knights at the International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds

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