Meet the Archivist! Archives and Special Collections in the North of England

1 Jul 2019

Cost of entry

Free. Drop-in activity

Treasures of the Brotherton

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • A number of bus services run from the city centre to the Parkinson Building. Take bus numbers 1, 6, 28, 56, or 97. Ask for the “Parkinson steps” bus stop.
  • The galleries are 1.1 miles from Leeds Railway Station. The station is about a 20-minute walk, 15-minute bus ride, or 10-minute taxi ride away from the Parkinson Building.

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Come and meet the people who look after the illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, chained books, registers, court rolls and manorial documents in the north of England.


Representatives from archives and libraries across the region, including the Universities of York, Durham, and the Borthwick Institute, will be on hand to tell you about the medieval materials they have in their unique and distinctive holdings. Staff from Special Collections at the University of Leeds will also be on hand to help with any queries about medieval resources available at the University. We will also have a selection of items from Special Collections at Leeds on show for delegates that demonstrate the breadth of our northern collections.

Rare book librarians and specialist archivists will be happy to discuss how you can use medieval manuscripts and printed books to enhance your research and teaching, and advise you on how to access our diverse collections. Perhaps you’d like to find out more about a career in libraries or archives management, or just see some real medieval documents at first hand.

Come and meet your future research materials and the people who look after them, and start planning your extended IMC 2020 study trip!

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