LUU Medieval Society Trips and Events

The LUU Medieval Society has started off the year with an exciting mix of events, from trips to medieval sites, to a double film screening, with more events planned for after the holidays.

LUU Medieval Society

Leeds University Union (LUU) Medieval Society promotes a thriving community of medievalists in the University and the city of Leeds, and anyone with an interest in the Middle Ages is encouraged to join. The University of Leeds, the city of Leeds, and indeed the whole of Yorkshire is a rich area for the study of the Middle Ages, and LUU Medieval Society events seek to explore this heritage through trips, workshops, and other events such as medieval-themed movie or game nights. 

Recent LUU Medieval Society Activities 

Kirkstall Abbey Trip

On 28 October 2018, the Society coordinated a trip to Kirkstall Abbey, which included an opportunity to browse the Kirkstall Abbey Market stalls. Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved Cistercian monestaries in the country, and the ruins date to the 12th century. The afternoon concluded with refreshments at Kirkstall Bridge Inn. 

KnightFlix: Film Screening

On 18 November 2018, the Society hosted a screening of two films with medieval themes: 'A Knight's Tale' and 'Outlaw King'. The screening was held in Le Patrouel Room, on the fourth floor of the Parkinson Building. The films were shown one after the other, with an intermission in between. 

York Trip

On 1 December 2018, the Society organised a trip to York which included a member's lunch, a tour of the city given by Alaric Hall (University of Leeds), a chance to explore Barley Hall and York Minster, and an opportunity to listen to Evensong at York Minster and/or explore the York Chirstmas Market. The tour began at 14:00 and concluded around 16:30. A lovely way to start off the holiday season!

Participant Responses

All events were well-attended, with around 14-16 students per event. One IMS MA student, Grace Pesticcio, explained the trips and films have been 'well-organised and loads of fun...I'm excited for future events!' The trips were especially popular, with Alaric Hall's tour being a favourite. LUU Medieval Society's President, Samuel Bradley, called the York trip 'engaging and interesting', and added that 'our membership showed that the Medievalist spirit will overcome a little rain'. More events, including another film screening, are planned for after the holidays.