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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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111 Places in Leeds that you Shouldn't Miss - Nature on your Doorstep with author Kim Revill

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.


A Stranger’s Guide to Leeds in 1830 – Dr Kevin Grady

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...


An Armley Odyssey

If a book could talk - what might have happened over the years to a library book that is more than 100 years overdue?


A Time To Stand and Stare - The Arts in Lockdown with Trio Literati

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


Adel Quaker Meeting House - A Story of Community

Discover more about the tranquil corner of LS16 and find out the fascinating journey of the Quakers from Leeds city centre to a thriving community throughout the city.


Back Chat - The People of Aireborough in their own words

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.


End of an Era - Mining History in Leeds with Michael Meadowcroft

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.


Get Your Bampton Hands Ready...It's Briggate Morris!

Get up and throw a few shapes with Briggate Morris who dance North West style morris. All dancers and musicians welcome, interested https://www.facebook.com/briggatemorris/

There are two clips to choose:

Briggate Morris 1

Briggate Morris 2

Blue Plaques - City Centre Self Guided Walk

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!

Download your trail here


Changes in the Morley Landscape - the Twentieth Century and beyond with Dr Clive McManus

Join Dr Clive McManus, President of Morley Local History Society, for an online illustrated talk which will look at the various factors that have changed the Morley landscape over the years.


Factories and Fevers: Child Health in the 19th Century – Dr Emma Storr

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.


Leeds in Sculpture: a Virtual Tour

Sculpture of the Black PrinceCivic 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.


Lost and Found - The Leeds Cross in its Historical Context with Prof. Joyce Hill 

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.


M&S on Film

Take a nostalgic trip back in time as the M&S Company Archives throws open it's doors for Heritage Open Days. From 60's fashions to panty girldes, teryline to nylon there's something for everyone.







Montague Burton: Tailor of Taste

Montague BurtonTracing 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.


Heritage & Nature Along the Aire & Calder Navigation


Join Roderic Parker for an illustrated virtual walk along the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation - the mighty waterways of Leeds.


Hidden by Nature - The Lost Ice House in Middleton Park


Leeds Young Archaeologists Club enthusiastically share their excitement of discovering and sharing the history on their doorstep.


Hidden by Nature - The Lost Lake at Parlington

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.


Hidden by Nature - The Magic of Parkinson's Park

Discover the history, ecology, flora and fauna of this hidden gem in the centre of Guiseley.


Leeds Festival Chorus

With all their summer concerts cancelled due to coronavirus, the Chorus presents this unique opportunity for Heritage Open Days audiences to hear two beautiful works online.


Opera North - Marching on Together

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.


Preserving Memories with the Methley Archive

Start your journey and uncover the layers of history contained within the Methley Archive.


The 1152 Club Presents a Potted History of Kirkstall Abbey

Join Dr Patrick Bourne for a concise history of one of the city's best known landmarks.


The British Library at Boston Spa

Go behind the scenes at the British Library with these two short films (click on each heading for the films);

'The Journey of a Collection Item' and

'Riding the Robots'


The Changing Face of Bramley

Join local Historian and Author Anthony Silson on a journey back through time to the pastures and farmlands of Bramley.


The Commoners Choir in Lockdown

Leeds based Commoners Choir presents a song written about being a community while being kept separate. The song was recorded by over 50 members in their homes during lockdown.


The Leeds Silver Sparrows - Bare Necessities

Enjoy the Band playing 'Bare Necessities' at several Leeds venues.

Let the steel pan transport you to warmer climbs!


The Oldest Churches in Leeds – Prof. Joyce Hill

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.


Lockdown Lowdown

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.


Councillor Judith Blake CBE

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.


Rachel Reeves MP

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 can we #buildbackbetter Post-COVID?

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.


Stuart Andrew MP

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 BID’s Andrew Cooper

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.


Prospects for Development in a Post-COVID Leeds

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?


Kully Thiarai – Creative Director of Leeds 2023

Kully Thiarai, Creative Director of Leeds 2023Civic 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.