Making Leeds Medieval

Combat displays

2017 combat display at the International Medieval Congress

Demonstrations and talks

Sogdian armour demonstration at IMC 2018

Medieval Craft Fair

Delegates explore handmade textiles at the IMC 2017 Medieval Craft Fair

Birds of prey

Meeting Birds of Prey at Making Leeds Medieval, IMC 2017

Thursday 4 July, University Square, Leeds University Union and the Marquee, 10.30-18.00

As this year’s International Medieval Congress comes to a close, immerse yourself in the Middle Ages with an exciting day of medieval-themed entertainment.

Watch thrilling combat displays, get up close to birds of prey, and meet people demonstrating medieval crafts and techniques. Try fresh, local produce from the Farmers’ Market and listen to live music throughout the day.

The Medieval Craft Fair will extend into Thursday, giving you the chance to browse beautiful medieval-inspired handmade items from books to textiles and jewellery. You can also learn more about the organisations preserving UK local and national history at our Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair.

Live Medieval Demonstrations (University Square)

    • Rope-making by The Mulberry Dyer
    • Embroidery and textile arts by Tanya Bentham
    • Late 12th and early 13th c. Combat Displays by 3 Swords, celebrating the 800th¬† anniversary of the death of William Marshal
    • Musical accompaniment by Leeds Waits
    • Interactive calligraphy, clothing, and Armour displays from the Near East and Central Asia by Eran Ud Turan
    • Medieval surgery, wool-spinning and arms and armour shows from Linstock & Pledget
    • Falconry Display by SMJ Falconry
    • Medieval Cavalry Displays by ARC Cavalry
    • Food and refreshments, locally sourced from the Farmers Market and Hog Roast

Craft Market

At Leeds University Union, in the Marquee, and on University Square

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Mulberry Dyer: Naturally dyed fibres, yarn, and cloth, as well as small textile tools and related items.
  • Marginalia Paraphernalia:¬†Medieval manuscript-inspired jewellery, stationery, and other handmade curiosities.
  • Pen to Press: Bookish goods from manuscript and print.
  • Pretender to the Throne: Historically-inspired ceramics and prints.
  • Red Swan Books: Recreating books in a medieval style.
  • 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 jewellery.