The University of Leeds has been an international hub of excellence for Medieval Studies since 1967, when the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS) was created.

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Our reflection on this fiftieth anniversary is not about looking back; instead, we want to use this solid foundation to move forward and start a conversation around the Future of Medieval Studies.

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50 Years of Medieval Studies at Leeds

This year, the University of Leeds is celebrating a golden milestone: the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Medieval Studies.

Comprising the Institute for Medieval Studies, International Medieval Bibliography and International Medieval Congress, Leeds has a strong interest in the Middle Ages. We would like to welcome you to our anniversary site, reflecting on our history and looking forward to the future.


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This year’s 25th International Medieval Congress (IMC) welcomed 2,907 delegates to the city of Leeds, as part of the biggest...


Former Editor of the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), Dr Simon Forde, joined the team in 1987 as an assistant to...


To celebrate the 25th International Medieval Congress (IMC) this year, we have been speaking to some of our delegates, past...


Current IMS MA student, Ella Muir, has curated a new exhibition, as part of an innovative module focusing on practical...