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Shaping the course of modern science: William Henry Bragg and his legacy at the University of Leeds

Sir William Henry Bragg, and his son Lawrence, changed the way we understand the world around us, all from a laboratory at the University of Leeds.

Coinciding with the development of the new Sir William Henry Bragg building, and as part of the Bragg Cultural Programme, this exhibition reveals the story of Bragg’s Nobel Prize winning work.

The Extraordinary History of Blood

We’re exploring blood this October, there’ll be some traditional spooky stuff alongside seriously fun science and history! We’ll be delivering plenty of talks and tours daily, on a first-come, first-served basis, just sign up to the activities you’d like to take part in on the day.

Make sure to secure your place for our bookable session where you can plaster yourself in SFX wounds – sure to cause a fright!

Meet the leeches talk – daily at 11:30

Royal Bloodsuckers tour – daily at 1:00pm

Leeds Tapestry Tour

Join us for a guided tour of the Leeds tapestry at Leeds Library, an iconic needlework display that celebrates our city's history and culture. Explore the beautiful images and discover the fascinating stories behind their creation.

1152 Club online Black History Month Special: Exploring Musical Instruments

Everyone

A Black History Month Special with Adam Jaffer (Curator of World Cultures) and Nicola Pullan (Assistant Curator of Social History) exploring African musical instruments in the world cultures collections and music in the Social History collections.

All videos remain available after initial broadcast indefinitely. Head to 1152 Club playlist on the Leeds Museums and Galleries YouTube channel.

In Conversation with Yinka Shonibare

In 2023, Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare will be unveiling a sculpture in Leeds in memory of the Nigerian migrant David Oluwale- who died as a result of police harassment in 1969. Shonibare will talk about his artistic vision, his work and his response to the David Oluwale story with Emily Zobel Marshall, Leeds Beckett academic and Co-Chair of the David Oluwale Memorial Association.

Roundhay Park - acquiring a 'people's park' in 1871

Securing Roundhay Park for his adopted town of Leeds was one of the most notable successes of John Barran – a far-sighted businessman, innovator and politician – who lived 1821-1905.

Arriving in Leeds as a young man, he established a tailoring business and brought in ground-breaking machinery to revolutionise the pace and scale of production. He could be said to have invented ready-made clothing.

The 1152 Club Black History Month Special

A screening of  pre-recorded films from Leeds Museums & Galleries YouTube’s online 1152 Club programme with a Black History focus presented by Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Including The Sierra Leone Railway (John McGoldrick, curator of Industrial History), West African Textiles (Adam Jaffer, Curator of World Cultures) at Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre.

Pre-booking essential, please book via The Leeds Ticket Hub at the link below. 

Ring 0113 3784079 if unable to access online booking. 

Palaeography – Reading Old Handwriting

A workshop exploring the quirks of seventeenth and eighteenth century handwriting and teaching the skills to read historic documents.

Aimed at beginners with little or no experience. This fun workshop uses documents from the archives to explore the quirks of seventeenth and eighteenth century handwriting. We will discuss the changes in literacy and education, and the impact that had on the records people left behind. You will learn the basics of how to read and transcribe documents through numerous stunning examples and hands on practice.

Lost Leeds: demolished gems and vanished dreams - Part 2

Leeds has lost many historic buildings. Some were in poor repair or no longer had a viable use; others were simply out of fashion or in the way of change.

What would the city have been like if we hadn’t demolished some valued gems? And what would it have been like if some bold dreams had been implemented, instead of being shelved as regimes changed or finance failed to materialise? We’ll explore the lost futures of the city centre.