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Markets & Fairs

In addition to the IMC 2024 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 30 June: 16.00-21.00, Monday 01 July: 08.30-19.00  & Tuesday 02 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.

Further exhibitors will be announced in due course.

Confirmed booksellers:

  • Bennett & 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 Books - British and European history, church and vernacular architecture, ecclesiology, archaeology and settlement.
  • Matthew Butler Books - Medieval history, architectural history, and archaeology books. Will be selling the books of the distinguished archaeologist and historian the late Professor Rosemary Cramp at IMC 2024.
  • Northern Herald Books - Scholarly books on medieval studies with general economic and social history.
  • Paul Meekins Books - Specialist military and history bookseller, established in 1990 and online since 2000. Books cover periods from Ancient & Roman through to 21st Century, on a range of topics both military and social.
  • Salsus Books - A large stock of academic books, including medieval history, particularly Byzantine studies and liturgy
  • 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 03 July, 10.30-19.00 & Thursday 04 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.

Further exhibitors will be announced in due course.

Confirmed Craft Fair Traders:

  • Anachronalia – Specialises in stationery and book binding, both modern and inspired by medieval examples.
  • D-Art Francisca – Exclusive jewellery inspired by medieval marginalia and illumination.
  • FiftyEleven – Hand-tooled, lovingly crafted, historically-inspired woodwork and pyrography.
  • Gemmeus Historical Jewellery - Handcrafted historical, classical, and revival jewellery, created in sterling silver, gold, and natural gemstones and pearls.
  • Green Traffic Light - Soy wax candles. More details to follow.
  • Hare and Tabor - T-shirts, textiles and cards celebrating folklore and history.
  • Hudson Clay-Potter - Accurate reproduction pottery.
  • Noctule - Medieval Style Clothing, Footwear, Hats & Accessories
  • Pretender to the Throne - Home of limited edition historically inspired ceramics and textiles.
  • Ragnar's Market - amazing, authentic Viking style jewellery and accessories – all handmade in the UK.
  • 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.
  • The Early Music Shop - A wide selection of historical musical instruments.
  • Trinity Court Potteries - Producers of museum quality replica pottery: Pots of History
  • Viking Agenda - Viking-inspired jewellery and office supplies

Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair

Leeds University Union Building: Foyer
Thursday 04 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:

  • Medieval Dress and Textiles Society (MEDATS) - MEDATS hold a variety of events through the year, both online and in person, dedicated to furthering the study of all aspects of medieval dress and textiles
  • Monumental Brass Society - We promote the research, understanding and preservation of monumental brasses, one of the most common forms of surviving medieval memorials. With church visits, talks, journals and other benefits, membership will benefit those interested in monuments,
  • Scottish Society of Northern Studies - The Scottish Society for Northern Studies explores the historical interrelationships between the Scandinavian, Celtic, and Scottish worlds through public events and scholarly research.
  • South Leeds Archaeology - South Leeds Archaeology is a volunteer run, community archaeology group, offering both practical experience of fieldwork in the local area, and monthly meetings with a variety of talks from guest speakers.
  • Towton BattleField Society - The society has three main objectives: the preservation, protection and promotion of Towton Battlefield.
  • The Battlefields Trust - The Battlefields Trust is a volunteer run registered charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and interpretation of Britain’s battlefields.
  • The Thoresby Society, The Historical Society for Leeds - 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.
  • The Yorkshire Heraldry Society - The Yorkshire Heraldry Society is a not for profit society for the study of the art and science of heraldry and relevant genealogy, by lectures, visits and symposia.
  • West Yorkshire Archive Service - The West Yorkshire Archive Service collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region. We have five district offices - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
  • Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (YAHS) - The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire’s past and publishes the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal annually, as well as a Record Series and occasional monographs. The Society encourages interest in Yorkshire’s past and promotes the study of its history via its archives, by giving grants and through events, lectures and excursions.

Other exhibitors to be announced shortly.