Historical talks and exhibitions in Leeds

As we look forward to welcoming author Barclay Price on Wednesday 20 March to tell us all about the history of The Chinese in Britain, we have noticed lots of historical talks and exhibitions going on this month in and around Leeds. Here’s a round-up for all the history buffs among you!

Talks and events

Learn about the rich history and heritage of the Leeds Jewish community at a film screening of The Last Tribe at Leeds Central Library on Wednesday 6 March and a drop-in Leeds Jewish local and family history workshop with librarians at Moor Allerton Community Hub on Tuesday 12 March.

Our very own Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery here at the University of Leeds is celebrating 100 Years of Women in Engineering and Science in a two-day pop-up display on 7 and 8 March.

Leeds Central Library will host a free lunchtime talk on 13 March to celebrate Irish History Month, looking back at the ‘The Sheepscar Triangle’.

On 20 March at Abbey House Museum Carlo Harrison will draw from the Aireborough Historical Society photographic archives to take a look at how things have changed over the years – including attitudes to health and safety.

Join us here at the University of Leeds that same evening for our Meet the Author event with Barclay Price, author of The Chinese in Britain. The book looks back at the history of Chinese visitors and settlers in the UK throughout history, and for this talk Barclay has also unearthed some images and stories about early visitors to Leeds and Yorkshire. Performers who came to Leeds included a troupe of Chinese jugglers in 1817 (see the newspaper advert below).

Newspaper advert for Chinese juggler performance

The ‘1152’ club meeting on 22 March will take a look at the experiences of the women who left Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s and settled in inner city industrial Leeds. Join them at 10am at Kirkstall Abbey for ‘She Came, She Sewed, She Stayed’.


At Leeds City Museum you can actually step back in time this month and see a recreation of legendary Leeds pub The Roscoe created by former Dubliner Andy Gibney. Read more in The Yorkshire Post.

Lose yourself in old photographs at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Industrial Museum or Abbey House Museum with exhibitions covering old scenes of Leeds (Lost Leeds: Windows on Time), women in industry (Queens of Industry) and fashion (He She They? The Changing Face of Children’s Fashion).

Finally, Lotherton Hall celebrates its 50th anniversary as a museum with exhibitions representing the past, present and future of Lotherton.

Over to you

If you attend any of these events or exhibitions we’d love to know what you think – get in touch on Twitter or Facebook! We hope to see you on 20 March to learn about the history of The Chinese in Britain. Find out more about the event and register here.