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Please note: To keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, all Leeds Civic Trust events are now taking place online.
To celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days we bring together a collection of virtual talks, tours and events for you to discover at your leisure during the week long celebration (September 11 until 20). You can sign up for future events on Eventbrite but recordings of all our previous online events are available for you to view on this page.
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John Preston presents a fascinating "online tour" of the Hollybush Conservation Centre – home to The Conservation Volunteers for more than 40 years. The Centre is a Grade 2 listed farmhouse, dating from at least 1700, by the river bridge in Kirkstall. John was in effect custodian of the building for the last 30 years. Discover more about the history of the building, the new timber buildings, their context in Kirkstall and the work of TCV.
Co-author Dr Kevin Grady introduces some of the fascinating people, places and events that are included in our new book about the Trust's Leeds Blue Plaques scheme. Figures such as celebrated fantasy novelist JRR Tolkien, fearless suffragette Leonora Cohen and our city’s first black head teacher Gertrude Paul all feature in the volume, as do landmarks such as the Corn Exchange, Roundhay Park Mansion and Whitelocks – the famous city centre watering hole. In all, 98 blue plaques are covered in this 160 page volume, click here to order your copy!
Author, Kim Revill takes us on a relaxing 'virtual' journey around Leeds as she reads extracts from her new book; '111 Places in Leeds that you Shouldn't Miss'. With a focus on our wonderful green spaces and abundance of urban nature, Kim celebrates the green lungs of Leeds. Find a comfy chair, pour a fresh cup of Yorkshire Tea and settle in for this gentle stroll around our city.
In this ‘Tardis-type tour through time’, using a profusion of contemporary illustrations Kevin Grady recreates Leeds and its buildings and streets in 1830. A visitor from London arrives in Leeds to gather information for a talk he is giving to his local Literary and Philosophical Society. During his stay he will meet some Leeds personalities and discuss the issues of the day...
Join Leeds performers Trio Literati as the explore the arts in lockdown with the help of local poets and writers.
Trio Literati are Maggie Mash, Jane Oakshott and Richard Rastall.
We are very grateful to all the poets who contributed to this programme.
Lydia Kennaway , Linda Marshall, James Nash, Doug Sandle, Peter Spafford and Neli Shine.
More details about the performers and poets can be found on our website www.trioliterati.org.uk
Local Historian and Archivist Carlo Harrison started to interview people with an Aireborough connection in 2018 and has completed 72 spoken histories to date. You can listen to some of these fascinating audio interviews via the back-chat website.
Michael Meadowcroft's illustrated talk traces the chequered history of an industry that was once so crucial to the development of the city. In 1935 almost 4,000 Leeds men were employed in mining; today it is just a handful. The city has a long history of coal mining but the last deep mine, Allerton Bywater, closed in March 1992.
Leeds Civic Trust has been proud to install over 170 blue plaques throughout our city for the last 30 years. Enjoy a selection of the city centres plaques on this self-guided trail. Feel free to pop into the alleyways, yards and arcades on your way - you'll no doubt spot a few extra plaques on your travels too!
Dr Emma Storr explores the dangers to child health in 19th Century Leeds & the campaigns for reform by physicians, poets & politicians that led to slow improvements in child health, remembering that child labour still exists in many parts of the world today.
Civic Trust Director Martin Hamilton takes a virtual tour of the city of Leeds through its sculpture, statues and monuments: the city's representation in physical form – reflecting on who and what we represent in sculptural form and consider why these choices are made.
Professor Joyce Hill, an international authority on the transmission of Christian culture in early medieval Europe - presents an online talk about one of the city’s greatest treasures, the 10th-Century Leeds Cross which stands proudly in Leeds Minster.
Tracing his footsteps from improverished door to door hawker to creator of the world's largest clothing empire, Jacki and Bob Lawrence present an illustrated history of the life and times of the UK's most famous manufacturer and retailer of Mens Wholesale Clothing in the 20th century, Montague Burton.
Local historian Brian Hull describes how perhaps almost seven generations ago in the first half of the nineteenth century an ambitious wealthy mine owner took it upon himself to create a fantasy sceptered lake and isle at Parlington Hollins.
As we celebrate Leeds United's return to the Premier League, the orchestra of Opera North (who were recently able to play together again, socially-distanced, for the first time since UK lockdown) tackle one of the club's anthems - Marching On Together.
Discover the fascinating story of the city’s oldest places of worship, their history and how they served, and continue to serve, their congregations, with Professor Joyce Hill is an international authority on the transmission of Christian culture in early medieval Europe.
As a response to the COVID-19 restrictions, Leeds Civic Trust transferred its operations online. During the Lockdown, the Trust introduced a series of online interviews with prominent Leeds figures, reflecting on how the city will change and adapt as a result of COVID-19.
Trust Director Martin Hamilton is in conversation with Cllr Judith Blake CBE, discussing how the city will change and adapt following the pandemic. The first female leader of Leeds City Council, she has been on Leeds City Council for more than two decades, currently representing Middleton Park Ward. She currently holds the portfolio for inclusive growth and culture, and chairs the “core cities” group of the largest local authorities.
As we emerge from the current emergency, Rachel Reeves reflects on how the economy will develop and what needs to be done differently, and the role of government at a local and national level. An economist by background, she has been MP for Leeds West since 2010 and was the chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee before taking up her current role as shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, shadowing Michael Gove.
How does Leeds come out of the current emergency as a fairer, more sustainable and inclusive city? Representatives from Our Future Leeds (Paul Chatterton), Youth Strike (Shannon Jackson, Robbie Strathdee) and The Clean Air Alliance (Ruth Gelletlie) debate what the current crisis means for our environment, air quality, transport, local economy, social justice and more.
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew discusses his vision for Leeds following COVID-19. Anglesey-born Stuart Andrew has been the Conservative MP for Pudsey since 2010 and is currently the Government's Deputy Chief Whip.
Leeds Business Improvement District is the largest outside of London, with an annual budget of £2.4 million and a key role in delivering improvements additional to those funded by the local authority. Andrew Cooper, Leeds BID's Chief Executive, reflects on the city's commercial & economic prospects following COVID-19.
Mark Finch, Director of Real Estate at Leeds-based Rushbond PLC, considers the impact of COVID-19 on the world of development and property. How will the city's built environment adapt after COVID-19 in a world of social distancing, home working, more cycling and walking and the need for more open spaces?
Civic Trust Director Martin Hamilton is in conversation with Leeds 2023 Creative Director Kully Thiarai – finding out how she, her team and her board are addressing the new challenges in delivering a truly special cultural festival for Leeds.