Markets & Fairs, viMC 2020

Medieval Craft Fair

Unique, handmade, and historically-inspired items to view and shop for from the vIMC app.

Medieval Craft Fair at IMC 2017

Second-Hand & Antiquarian Bookfair

Browse old, rare, and scholarly books in the vIMC app.

Delegate leafing through the Second-Hand Bookfair at IMC 2017

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair

Meet societies working to preserve local and UK national history in the vIMC app.

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair at IMC 2017

In addition to the main vIMC Bookfair and our busy fringe events programme, a variety of smaller fairs and markets with more independent stores will be available to look at throughout vIMC. Meet independent traders, craftspeople, local historians and enthusiasts – and maybe even take home some mementos of your stay in Leeds.

Second-Hand & Antiquarian Bookfair

Our exhibitions and fairs programme includes specialist booksellers, where independent stores showcase second-hand, rare, and scholarly books.

Confirmed booksellers:

Pinwell Books – A small, independent bookseller whose main interests are on all aspects of the Middle Ages.

Unsworth’s Antiquarian Booksellers – Rare and scholarly books on the humanities, with an especially strong enthusiasm for the Middle Ages & Renaissance.

Medieval Craft Fair

The craft fair showcases handmade items using and inspired by medieval craft techniques. Come see the range of unique items on offer!

Confirmed traders:

Anachronalia – Specialises in stationery and book binding, both modern and inspired by medieval examples.

Early Music Shop – A selection of Historical Musical Instruments.

FiftyEleven – Hand-tooled, lovingly crafted, historically-inspired woodwork and pyrography.

Gemmeus –Handcrafted historical, classical, and revival jewellery, created in sterling silver, gold, and natural gemstones and pearls. Commissions are welcome!

Hudson Clay Potter – Accurate reproduction ceramics and traditional slipwares.

The Mulberry Dyer – Naturally dyed fibres, yarn, and cloth, as well as small textile tools and related items.

Pretender to the Throne – Historically-inspired ceramics and prints with some IMC exclusives on Etsy.

Tanya Bentham / Opus Anglicanum – Medieval embroidery kits, greetings cards and tote bags.

Tillerman Beads – Handmade glass beads based on research, museum holdings, and archaeological reports.

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair

The Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair offers delegates the unique opportunity to discover independent groups who are actively involved in preserving local and national history in the UK.

Confirmed organisations:

Insulae Draconis – Society for Creative Anachronism in the UK, Ireland and Iceland – Formed in 1966, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an inclusive community pursuing research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat and culture through activities, demonstrations, and events. Our connecting values are a desire to have fun, learn about, and understand the past. There are currently over a dozen regional groups globally. If you are interested, please visit our website and drop us a line there or on social media.

Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions – Founded in 1986, the Leeds Symposium runs an annual conference or symposium for people interested in the history of food and drink. We also publish the papers.

Thoresby Society, The Historical Society for Leeds & DistrictThe Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and its surrounding area. It has a long-established library and archive collection, including historical records, maps, newspapers, and images. Our publications most of interest to IMC delegates are on Kirkstall Abbey and documents relating to the Manor of Leeds.

The Battle of Fulford Tapestry The Battle of Fulford Tapestry is a tapestry in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry which tells of the events taking place in Yorkshire during one momentous week in 1066 when two battles took place that had such a profound effect on the history of England.

West Yorkshire Archive Service The West Yorkshire Archive Service exists to preserve the local heritage of historical documents and to help members of the public make use of them. The Service has offices in Wakefield, Bradford, Calderdale (Halifax), Kirklees (Huddersfield), and Leeds and collections which cover the 12th century to the present day.

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