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The Promised Land

Leeds Development Corporation Photography Exhibition

Experience Leeds at the turn of the 1990s in our new exhibition featuring original Leeds Development Corporation slides and modern day photography. 






Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th May, 10:00-16:00.

2 Brewery Place, Leeds City Centre, LS10 1NE







Since September 2023, a team of volunteers at Leeds Civic Trust have been cataloguing sites captured in a collection of photo slides given to us by the now defunct Leeds Development Corporation (1988-1995).  Our volunteers have identified the locations in over 500 slides and have photographed the sites as they stand today.

Leeds Development Corporation was a government run agency responsible for developing sites in South and Central Leeds, such as Kirkstall Valley (Cardigan Fields) and the city centre waterfront including the Royal Armouries. The photography taken in this project demonstrates the vast changes in these sites over the last 30 years.

In this exhibition you will see familiar sites such as Brewery Wharf and the Royal Armouries as barren sites under construction. You will also see how historic buildings like Kirkgate and the First White Cloth Hall have changed over the last three decades.

We will exhibit over 100 photographs collected in this project from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May at 2 Brewery Place. The exhibition will be open 10:00-16:00.

The exhibition is free to enter.

2 Brewery Place kindly provided as a venue by Rushbond PLC.

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