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To mark the 50th anniversary of Medieval Studies here at the University of Leeds, the Institute for Medieval Studies is proud to present a virtual exhibition and to launch a new project on the future of our field. This site, dedicated to both the past and future of Medieval Studies at Leeds, will inform you about our past and views on the next step forward.

In 2017-18, we are celebrating the history of the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS), International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) and International Medieval Congress (IMC) with a series of events. Our November exhibition, one of the main events of the programme, is now available online. It features information from the formation of the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies in 1967 all the way to the latest ERASMUS+ collaboration with the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale at the University of Poitiers. We hope you enjoy this online look at our exhibition, as well as the other anniversary celebrations to come.

By reflecting on this past, we are looking to the future. The Future of Medieval Studies project will promote a conversation around the current direction of medievalist scholarship in the UK. Through work on diversity – of research and researchers – we use aim to use our position as a world-leading Institute to support new initiatives to broaden and develop our field. We will act as a facilitator, encouraging conversations without judgement. As part of the Future project, we are giving a platform to our staff, students and alumni about their experiences as medievalists and thoughts on the future of the field, to kick-start discussions.

Interested in adding your views? We would be delighted to hear from any staff, students, alumni or scholars who would like to join our conversation. Please contact us at:

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Here at the University of Leeds, we are proud of our strong background of academic and public engagement. We offer both taught and research postgraduate degrees, designed to train the academic leaders of tomorrow, as well as developing new research ideas to change our perception of the Middles Ages.If you want to know more about the education, research and outreach work of the Institute for Medieval Studies, please visit our website.