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Leeds Civic Trust: Talking Head Series 2024

Join Leeds Civic Trust this March for the return of our popular online ‘Talking Head Series’.

The series will see the Trust’s Director, Martin Hamilton joined weekly by three guest speakers, each discussing topics of interest to Leeds Civic Trust, including the City of Leeds development and transport, heritage and history, economic development, culture and much more.


Talking Heads Episode One:

Monday 04 March, 12:00 – 12:30

With speaker Dr David Hopes.

Dr David Hopes is the city’s Head of Museums and Galleries having worked for the National Trust for Scotland before taking up his current post.

Leeds has a vast collection of paintings and artefacts, housed in some of the city’s most iconic buildings. But as Councils continue to feel the squeeze, how is the city’s offer adapting to an environment where core funding is less plentiful.  Our museums and galleries often tell the story of the city’s past but in a present day context.  What is their role in the future?

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Talking Heads Episode Two:

Monday 18 March, 12:00 -12:30

With Speaker Cllr James Lewis

James Lewis is Councillor for Kippax and Methley and has been leader of Leeds City Council since 2021.

As leader of the second largest local authority in the country, Cllr Lewis has responsibility for a massive budget and workforce.  We will be discussing his hopes for the city in the future, and will be touching on issues such as mass transit and transport, planning and development and inward investment, how the city compares with its peers and how and where we can improve

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Talking Heads Episode Three:

Monday 25 March, 12:00 – 12:30

With Speaker Kully Tharai

Kully Tharai led the city’s year of culture in 2023, bringing together tens of thousands of people from across the city to experience and create culture in its widest sense. We will ask, did the year of culture meet Kully’s expectations, what is its legacy and impact and how will this be measured and what does the future hold for culture in the city of Leeds?

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Please note due to time constraints there will not be time for a Q&A, however during each of the interviews, the chat function will be enabled – allowing viewers to express their views and ask questions which we will try to pick up on during the interview.

All episodes will be recorded and will be available online from April. If you would like to be notified when these will be available please sign up to our mailing list here

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