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Markets & Fairs

The below information relates to IMC 2023. Details for IMC 2024 will be published here in due course.

In addition to the IMC 2023 Bookfair and our events programme, a variety of smaller fairs and markets with more independent stores take place throughout the Congress where attendees and members of the public can meet independent traders, craftspeople, local historians and enthusiasts and find out about their important work locally, nationally, and globally.

The IMC Souvenir stand will be open throughout the times listed below for delegates who have pre-ordered souvenir items to collect their orders. Delegates may also browse the stall for a memento of their time in Leeds!

Second-Hand and Antiquarian Bookfair

Leeds University Union Building: Foyer
Sunday 02 July: 16.00-21.00, Monday 03 July: 08.30-19.00  & Tuesday 04 July, 08.00-17.00

Our exhibitions and fairs programme includes specialist booksellers, where independent stores showcase second-hand, rare, and scholarly books. The Second-Hand and Antiquarian Bookfair is also open to members of the public.

Confirmed booksellers:

  • Bennett and Kerr Books - Old, rare, and scholarly books on medieval studies, including Late Antiquity and Byzantium, early medieval English and Old Norse, manuscript studies, art, architecture, and archaeology.
  • Chevin Books – Second-hand and rare books, specialising in works on history, military, arts, and Yorkshire.
  • Donald Munro BooksAcademic and antiquarian British and European history, archaeology, architecture, and ecclesiology. European vernacular and wooden framed buildings, and Scottish history specialisms. 
  • Matthew Butler Books - Medieval history, architectural history, and archaeology books.
  • Northern Herald Books – Scholarly books on medieval studies with general economic and social history.
  • Pinwell Books - All aspects of the Middle Ages from archaeology to religion, as well as Roman Britain, Northumbria & Scotland.
  • Salsus Books – Second-hand and rare books, particularly in the field of theology but also selling books on such diverse topics as beekeeping, tribal art, anthropology, Byzantine studies and medieval history.
  • Unsworth’s Antiquarian Booksellers – Rare and scholarly books on the humanities, with an especially strong enthusiasm for the Middle Ages & Renaissance.

Medieval Craft Fair

University Square & Leeds University Union Building: Foyer
Wednesday 05 July, 10.30-19.00 & Thursday 06 July, 10.30-18.00.

The craft fair showcases handmade items using and inspired by medieval craft techniques. Come and see the range of unique items on offer!  The craft fair is an outdoor market, on University Square and the precinct outside Leeds University Union and the Refectory. The Medieval Craft Fair is also open to members of the public.

Confirmed Craft Fair Traders:

  • Anachronalia – Specialises in stationery and book binding, both modern and inspired by medieval examples.
  • Early Music Shop - An independent music shop specialising in Early Music instruments, accessories, and printed music.
  • 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.
  • Hudson Clay-Potter - Accurate reproduction pottery.
  • Margaritae Ars - Markéta Poskočilová - Artist specialising in medieval panel painting, manuscripts, printing, and historical graphics.
  • Mulberry Dyer - Naturally dyed fibres, yarn, and cloth, as well as small textile tools and related items.
  • Ragnar's Market - Authentic Viking style jewellery: designed to reflect Norse and Viking gods.
  • Tanya Bentham / Opus Anglicanum – Medieval embroidery kits, greetings cards and tote bags.
  • Pretender to the Throne - Home of limited edition historically inspired ceramics and textiles.
  • The Goodwives – Weaver and textile historians, producing replicas of archaeological finds.
  • Tillerman Beads – Handmade glass beads based on research, museum holdings, and archaeological reports.
  • Trinity Court Potteries - Pots of History - Producers of museum quality replica pottery.
  • Viking Agenda - Viking-inspired jewellery and office supplies.

Historical And Archaeological Societies Fair

Leeds University Union Building: Foyer
Thursday 06 July, 10.30-18.00.

An opportunity to meet with independent groups who are dedicated to preserving local and national historical and archaeological heritage. Also open to members of the public

Confirmed Historical & Archaeological Society Exhibitors: