Fairs and Exhibitions

Medieval Craft Fair

Unique, handmade, and historically-inspired items

Medieval Craft Fair at IMC 2017

Second-Hand & Antiquarian Bookfair

Browse old, rare, and scholarly books

Delegate leafing through the Second-Hand Bookfair at IMC 2017

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair

Meet societies working to preserve local and UK national history

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair at IMC 2017

In addition to the main IMC Bookfair and our busy events programme, a variety of smaller fairs will take place throughout the IMC. Meet independent traders, craftspeople, local historians and enthusiasts – and maybe even take home some mementos of your stay in Leeds.

Second-Hand & Antiquarian Bookfair

Leeds University Union Foyer

Sunday 16.00-21.00, Monday 08.00-19.00, Tuesday 08.00-17.00

Our exhibitions and fairs programme opens with a three-day specialist bookfair, where independent booksellers will bring second-hand, rare, and scholarly books.

Confirmed booksellers:

Bennett & Kerr Books – Old, rare, and scholarly books on medieval studies.

Chevin Books – Second-hand medieval history books.

Donald Munro Books – Academic and antiquarian British and European history, archaeology, architecture and ecclesiology. European vernacular and wooden framed buildings, and Scottish history specialisms.

Matthew Butler Books – Archaeology, architecture and history of the medieval period.

Northern Herald Books – Scholarly books on medieval studies with general economic and social history.

Pen to Press – Bookish goods from manuscripts and print.

Pinwell Books – Main interests on all aspects of the Middle Ages.

Salsus Books – A large stock of academic books, including medieval and Byzantine studies.

Unsworth’s Antiquarian Booksellers – Rare and scholarly books on the humanities, with an antiquarian focus on early printing, classical antiquity, the Middle Ages & Renaissance, and British history and topography.

Medieval Craft Fair

Leeds University Union Foyer

Wednesday 10.30-19.30

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

Confirmed traders:

Anachronalia – Accessories and hand-bound books inspired by the past, present, and possible futures.

Bespoke Pewter  – An independent craftsman making fine jewellery using medieval methods.

D-Art Francisca – Exclusive jewellery inspired by medieval marginalia illumination.

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.

Hare and Tabor – Clothing, greetings cards, postcards, and jewellery inspired by folklore and folk traditions.

Hudson Clay-Potter – Accurate reproduction pottery.

Marginalia Paraphernalia – Medieval manuscript-inspired jewellery, stationery, and other handmade curiosities.

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

Pen to Press – Bookish goods from manuscripts and print.

Pretender to the Throne – Historically-inspired ceramics and prints.

Red Swan Books – Recreating books in a medieval style.

Tanya Bentham – Embroidery kits and related items.

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

Trinity Court Potteries – Replica medieval pottery from original sources.

Viking Agenda – Viking inspired office supplies and leather jewelry.

Historical & Archaeological Societies Fair

Leeds University Union Foyer

Thursday, 10.30-18.00

Scheduled to coincide with ‘Making Leeds Medieval’, 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:

1066 Battle of Fulford Tapestry – A 6M embroidered tapestry matching the colours, layout, and iconography of the Bayeux Tapestry was designed and made as part of a project to discover the location of the first battle of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Battlefields Trust – Protecting, interpreting and presenting battlefields as historical and educational resources, the UK charity Battlefields Trust liaises with both local and national organisations to further these aims, whilst providing a range of battlefield-related activities and information.

Church Monuments Society – The Church Monuments Society is for everyone who is fascinated by tomb carvings, from medieval effigies to modern gravestones. We organise excursions and study days, publish a journal and a newsletter, and advise on conservation and interpretation of monuments.

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture (CRSBI): CRSBI is using interactive digital technology to construct a scholarly database of the stone carving created during the century following the Norman Conquest. Launched with British Academy support, CRSBI, an illustrated online record of the Romanesque sculpture surviving at over 5000 sites, is both searchable and free to use.

Friends of Stank Hall (FOSH) – The Friends of Stank Hall are a volunteer community group dedicated to saving and restoring the historic Stank Hall and Barn in South Leeds from dereliction. The site, consisting of Stank Old Hall (formerly a royal hunting lodge with garderobe dating back to circa 1280), Stank New Hall (built in 1590), and Stank Hall Barn (dating back to circa 1480), is owned by Leeds City Council.

Leeds Symposium on Food History: An organised annual symposium on a variety of subjects relating to food history and traditions, and have published many of the resulting papers.

Thoresby Society, The Historical Society for Leeds & District – 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.

Towton Battlefield Society – The Towton Battlefield Society works tirelessly to preserve the memory of Palm Sunday 1461 and the integrity of the battlefield. The Society has three objectives: preserve and protect Towton Battlefield; promote education about the Battle of Towton; and promote research into medieval history, particularly the Battle of Towton.

West Yorkshire Archive Service: The West Yorkshire Archive Service collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region, and helps members of the public use and enjoy these records. It collects and preserves the heritage of the region from 12th century to the present day.

Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society – The 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.