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University of Leeds International Medieval Congress comes of age

The University of Leeds’ conference and events team, MeetInLeeds is preparing to host the largest academic conference of its kind in Europe – the International Medieval Congress which marks its 21st anniversary this year.
Around 2,000 delegates from 57 countries will descend on the University for the Congress, which runs from July 7 to July 10 with more than half of them staying on the main campus in University accommodation.


MeetInLeeds’ event manager, Anthony Lowe said: “The Congress is a huge area of focus for our team every year. It continues to go from strength the strength, with new additions to the entertainment and core programme being added all the time. This year the IMC coincides with the Tour de France visiting Leeds so there have been unusual challenges dealing with the city’s increased need for accommodation during the first weeks of July.”  

“We’ll be serving around 3,000 meals a day with the refectory turned into a dining room. And there’ll also be a Medieval Feast which will be prepared as a collaboration between the University Catering team and food historian Caroline Yeldham.”  

With more than 1500 different talks and events taking place during the Congress, including some open to the general public, MeetInLeeds will be not only be busy ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and drink but also making sure that all the different meeting rooms and lecture theatres, as well as the outdoor spaces and large communal areas including the iconic Parkinson Building, are fully resourced so that delegates have a seamless Congress.  

“It’s going to be incredibly busy but we’re extremely well-prepared for it and will be working hard to ensure that everyone has a fabulous experience and remembers their medieval experience for many years to come. Leeds is a very attractive campus and we are looking forward to showing it at its very best. ”  

Many of the delegates attending the conference will stay at Leeds University’s latest facility, Storm Jameson Court, built to an extremely high, world-class hotel-style specification with a 24 hour reception service, spacious lounge area and 460 stylish bedrooms (23 of which are accessible rooms) with floor-to-ceiling windows, data access, room safes and an IPTV facility.

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