Lecture Syllabus 2016-2017

The following lectures have been arranged for members. All meetings are at The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhoue Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DY and commence at 7.15pm unless stated otherwise.

Monday, September 19th

How many Townships make Three? Court Leets and Constables in Bramley, Wortley and (eventually) Armley. John Cruickshank will talk about local administration in the out townships of Leeds between the C16th and C19th.

October 17th
Stank Hall Barn, it origins, its history and its future. Stank Hall Barn is the oldest standing secular building in Leeds. An illustrated talk by Sue Otley-Hughes

Wednesday, November 9th Leeds Library at 12.45 Vine Pemberton Joss: ‘Everything was wanting except the patients: Women’s Health, Medical Care & Philanthropy in Leeds.
The Yorkshire Ladies Council were ‘the women who changed Leeds through philanthropic initiatives, including the founding of the Leeds School of Cookery, Babies Welcome and the West Riding Nursing Association. Their public lectures on women’s health and hygiene facilitated one of the first women doctors in Britain, Ethel Pechey, to open her practice in Leeds.

Wednesday, November 16th Leeds Library at 12.45

Janet Douglas: Leeds and the 1866 Women’s Suffrage Petition
This year has seen the 150th Anniversary of the first national petition calling for the enfranchisement of women. Of the 1499 women who signed the petition, 101 were from Leeds, largely from the Woodhouse district, living in streets that you have probably walked along.
November 21st

Global shopping in historic Leeds
a talk from Nicola Pullan Assistant Curator of Leeds and Social History Leeds Museums and Galleries

Wednesday, November 23rd Leeds Library at 12.45

Derek Martin: Pedestriennes – 19th Century Women Athletes
Watching the Olympics this year, it is easy to forget that it was only in the 1970s that female athletes were allowed to run races longer than 800 metres. But in Leeds in the 19th century there were events where you could witness women performing walks of up to a thousand miles – this talk highlights some of these forgotten professional sportswomen.

Wednesday, November 30th Leeds Library at 12.45 Ann Wilkinson: the Little Owls Society of Leeds
Founded by Helen Heaton, the daughter of Dr. John and Fanny Heaton in 1879, initially its twelve members met each week in each other’s homes, to read and discuss works of prose or poetry. Membership was by invitation and included the daughters of some of the prestigious families in Leeds. The Little Owls evolved into a fortnightly programme of talks and events. Some of the subjects were they discussed were very controversial, for example in 1888 the subject for a meeting was ‘Individualism v. Socialism’.

January 16th
Members’ Evening

1. Vine Pemberton Joss: Catherine Buckton, first woman in Leeds Public Life

2. Janet Douglas: The Becketts of Meanwood, a talk about this important wealthy family and their place in Meanwood.

February 20th

Medieval Leeds: an illustrated talk a talk by Emeritus Professor Joyce Hill.

March 20th
Gone but not forgotten: medieval buildings in the outer precincts of Kirkstall Abbey: an illustrated talk by Stuart Wrathmell

April 24th

6.45 pm
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by a talk by Thoresby President Professor John Chartres entitled : Where the North Sea meets the Atlantic: Leeds in the Eighteenth century.The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Gerry Harper, Presiding