The Thoresby Society - Past Lectures


Lecture Syllabus 2001-2002


2001
Tuesday, 2nd October
Leeds, City of music from the early C18 - the early C21
Simon Lindley, organist at Leeds Parish Church will talk about Leeds as a city of music both from the sociological aspects as well as the cultural.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
6th November
Aviation History in and around Leeds and Hull - Pioneers, Personalities and Politics, 1885 - 1955
Professor Robert Blackburn from Kings' College, London will talk about Blackburn Aircraft and the work of his grandfather, the founder, Robert Blackburn.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Thursday,
6th December
Members' Evening
1) The Languid Child and the C18 Man-midwife
Josephine Lloyd will talk on the achievements of William Hey in the field of obstetrics.
2) Anti-Semitism in Leeds in the 1930s
Amanda Bergen will examine how the Jewish Community in Leeds responded to this and the impact this had in the community.
Venue: 'Claremont', Clarendon Road, Leeds.
2002
Tuesday,
8th January
Corn Mills, Corn Exchanges and the Leeds Grain Trade c. 1700-1900
An illustrated talk by Dr. Kevin Grady from the Leeds Civic Trust.
Venue: 'Claremont', Clarendon Road, Leeds. NB

Tuesday,
5th February
The Burial Problem in Leeds in the C19
Jim Morgan BA will examine the problems and solutions
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
5th March
The delf'oles of Leeds: the sandstone quarries of the Leeds Area
Murray Mitchell, geologist, will give an illustrated lecture on this intriguing title.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Saturday,
23rd March
at 2.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman: the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
Address by the President of the Society, Peter Morrish
Books and libraries in Leeds before Priestley
Venue: The Civic Hall, East Room.


Lecture Syllabus 2002-2003


2002
Tuesday, 1st October
Samson Fox and Yorkshire Brass
Malcolm Neesam will give an illustrated lecture on the great Yorkshire inventor, industrialist and philanthropist
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
5th November
Spirits, Spirit Merchants and Distilling in Leeds 1750s-1850s
Professor John Chartres from the School of History, University of Leeds will talk about his research.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Thursday,
5th December
Members' Evening
1) Mary Forster will look back over 42 years as the Society's Librarian
with anecdotes and personal remembrances.
2) Rosemary Stephens
was joint editor of the Thoresby Society publications from 1972 for 30 years and will also share some of her memories with us.
Venue: 'Claremont', Clarendon Road, Leeds.
2003
Tuesday,
7th January
Children of the Streets - Child Protection and Juvenile Delinquency in Victorian Leeds
Dr Louise Jackson from the Department of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University will give an illustrated talk on this topic.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
4th February
Maps of Yorkshire with particular reference to Leeds and the surrounding areas
Brian Chappelow from the Yorkshire Archaeological Society will discuss a wide ranging variety of maps and bring a number of exhibits for us to look at, covering many centuries.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
4th March
The Leeds Historic Parks' Project 1996-2001
Colin Treen from Leeds Metropolitan University will give a review of the history and condition of Leeds' Parks.
Joint meeting with the Civic Trust - to be held in the Brunswick Lecture Theatre, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Saturday,
22nd March
at 2.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Address by the President of the Society, Peter Morrish
Ralph Thoresby, Books and Libraries.
Venue: The Civic Hall, East Room.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2003-2004

2003
Tuesday, 7th October
The Early Offices of Leeds
Professor Maurice Beresford and Dr. Rachel Unsworth from Geography dept. University of Leeds, will give a lecture on their research into late 18thC-19thC business services and their buildings in Leeds -a sequel to ‘ East end-West end ’
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
4th November
Looking after paper- the conservator at work
Stephen and Pamela Allen will give an informal talk with demonstrations. Members are invited to bring documents, maps, letters, prints and photographs for discussion on how they may be safely preserved.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Thursday,
11th December
Members' Evening
(1) Leeds’ Public Houses, their development and their social function.
Michael Leonard will talk on the social influence on Leeds.
(2) A Leeds’ Collector: Thomas Plint and the Pre-Raphaelites.
A talk by Janet Douglas
Venue: 'Claremont', Clarendon Road, Leeds.
2004
Tuesday,
6th January
Henry Embleton and the Leeds’ Choral Union
Dr. Robert Demaine from York University will give an illustrated (and musical) lecture on the development of the Choral union in Leeds from 1895 and the munificence of mining engineer Henry Embleton and his connections with Elgar.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
3rd February
The Steam Engineering Heritage of Leeds
Derek Rayner, chartered mechanical engineer and President of the Leeds & District Traction Engine Club, will give an illustrated talk on how Leeds became the leading centre of steam engineering in the U.K. and its lasting legacy.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
2nd March
Leonora Cohen, suffragette and trades’ union activist
Veronica Lovell MA will give an illustrated talk on the life and work of this fascinating Leeds’ woman.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.

Saturday,
20th March
at 2.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Address by the President of the Society, Peter Morrish
Further details will be sent out nearer the date.
Venue: Claremont’, Clarendon Road, Leeds 2



Lecture Syllabus 2004-2005

2003
Tuesday, 5th October
The undark sky : life in the Leylands.
Dr. Geoffrey (Professor of Neurobiology, London) will give an illustrated talk on the subject of his recent book.
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
2nd November
The struggle for paradise - ethnic minorities in Chapeltown in the twentieth century.
Dr. Max Farrar (School of Cultural studies, Leeds Metropolitan University and author of ‘The Struggle for Community in a British Multicultural Inner City Area’) will give an illustrated talk on life in Chapeltown.
Venue: Friends' Meeting House.
Tuesday,
7th December
1904-a charter for the Yorkshire College ?
Professor Peter Gosden ,School of Education (retired), Leeds’ University will give an illustrated talk to mark the centenary of Leeds’ University.
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House.
2005
Thursday,
6th January
New Year’s Members' Evening
1. Lord Mayors of Leeds and their changing role from 1895-1947: a talk by Dr. Ray Dalton

2. Cholera in Leeds , Dr. Jim Morgan will talk on its impact.
Venue: ’Claremont’, Clarendon Road, Leeds.
Wine and refreshments will be served.
Tuesday,
1st February
Headingley 1540-1563: manorial change and monastic continuation.
Dr. John Cruikshank (orthopaedic surgeon) will give an illustrated lecture.
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House.
Tuesday,
1st March
Women and networked family - Leeds 1780-1870.
Dr. Robert Morris of Edinburgh University will give an illustrated lecture on aspects of his recent research.
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House.

Tuesday,
5th April
at 2.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A.G.M.
Chairman: The Lord Mayor

This will be followed by a lecture given by Michael Hickling, features’ editor of the Yorkshire Post entitled A Journalist’s View of the Yorkshire Post’s history. The Yorkshire post is celebrating its 250th anniversary.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House

 

Lecture Syllabus 2005-2006

The following lectures have been arranged for members; guests attending on more than two occasions will be expected to apply to join the Society.    Meetings commence at 7.15pm
2005
Tuesday, 4th October
Leeds’ Pals Adrian Budge (Education Officer at the Royal Armouries) will talk about his research into the backgrounds of the men who joined Kitchener’s Army.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
1st November
‘The Sack’em up men—A Leeds Anatomical Scandal’
Professor Michael Green(independent Consulting Forensic Pathologist) will give an illustrated talk about body snatching in Leeds.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 6th December Working class militancy or middle class meddling ?
The Suffrage involvement of Mary Gawthorpe c.1906-1914.; Dr. Krista Cowman (Leeds’ Metropolitan University) will talk on suffragette movement in Leeds.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2006
Thursday,
12th January
New Year’s Members' Evening
1) Bramley Hill: a seventeenth century yeoman’s house and its inhabitants: Peter and Greta Meredith will talk about their interesting old house.

(2) The Shire Family’s Tragedy 1885: Robin Dove will show how he has traced the fortunes of a Chapel Allerton family through their correspondence.

Wine and refreshments will be served.
The Library will be open from 6pm for the sale of books.
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
7th February
The incorporation of Headingley into Leeds; urban-rural interaction in the 17th century. Dr. John Cruikshank (orthopaedic surgeon)will give an illustrated lecture as a follow up to his hugely popular talk last year.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
7th March
The Pevsner Architectural Guide to Leeds: the changing March 7th city. Susan Wrathmell will talk on Pevsner’s response to the city’s architecture and influence on subsequent changes.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
4th April
at 2.30pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A.G.M.
Chairman: The Lord Mayor

This will be followed by a lecture given by the Society’s new President Jim Morgan entitled Leeds and Bradford in the first half of the 19th century; contrasting political experiences.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2006-2007

The following lectures have been arranged for members; guests attending on more than two occasions will be expected to apply to join the Society.    Meetings commence at 7.15pm
2006
Tuesday, 3rd October
Beyond Domesticity: Women and Public Culture in Victorian Leeds:
Dr. Simon Morgan, Lecturer in Modern British Cultural and Social History,
University of Leicester, will talk on the role of women.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
7th November
Old Leeds: Rose Gibson, Archivist from Leeds Central Library, will give a presentation of photographs from the Leodis website, particularly those from the
Thoresby collection.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 5th December The Water-based Economy in Leeds between 1841 and 1901 and its
Occupational Community
: Sue Cottam will talk about her research.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2007
Thursday,
11th January
Members’ Evening
1.Bramley becomes a suburb: Antony Silson will give an illustrated talk.
2.A Chapel Allerton Story: Robin Dove will share more of his local findings.
Wine and refreshments will be served.
The Library will be open before the meeting for the sale of surplus books.
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
6th February
Where was Leeds? The problems of writing a history of a 20th century
city:
Professor Robert Morris, from Edinburgh University and the Society’s
Patron, will start the evening with a tribute to Maurice Beresford before giving
his lecture.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
6th March
Evangelical Revival and the building of Churches in the West Riding: John
Goodchild, (the John Goodchild Collection, Wakefield), will bring documents
from his collection to illustrate his lecture.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
3rd April
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman: The Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal.
This will be followed by a lecture given by the President of the Society, Jim
Morgan, entitled Leeds and Bradford: contrasting demographic, economic
and social trends between 1830 and 1850.


Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2007-2008

The following lectures have been arranged for members. Guests attending on more than two occasions will be expected to apply to join the Society.    Meetings commence at 7.15pm
2007
Tuesday, 2nd October
Local Trade in the Medieval West Riding.
Richard Britnell from Durham University will give an illustrated talk. Leeds is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its first market charter.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
6th November
Looking for Leodis: Leeds before Leeds.
Richard Morris (Institute For Medieval studies, Leeds University) will look back to the 8thC for evidence of the early history of the settlement..
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 4th December The transformation of Headingley’s road network in the 18thC; Urban imperatives driving rural change: Dr. John Cruickshank has been invited to give a third lecture on the history of Headingley.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2008
Thursday,
10th January
Members’ Evening
1. Leeds and Revolution: The Peace Convention of 1917. Michael Meadowcroft will talk on this intriguing topic.
2. Thomas Harvey, the peace activist: Quaker anti slavery agitation in the 1840s. Janet Douglas will share her research.
Wine and refreshments will be served. The Library will be open before the meeting for the sale of surplus books.
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
5th February
An undergraduate in love: T.D.Whitaker’s early letters to Lucy Thursby, now in the Society’s library. Peter Meredith (Hon. Librarian) will talk about this recent acquisition to the library.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
4th March
Holocaust Survivors in Leeds and district:
Brett Harrison (retired Archivist for Leeds) will give an illustrated talk.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
1st April
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman: The Lord Mayor, Councillor Brian Cleasby. This will be followed by a lecture given by the President of the Society, Jim Morgan, entitled Middle class agitation and control: Leeds and Bradford and the genesis of stability 1830-50.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2008-2009

The following lectures have been arranged for members. Guests attending on more than two occasions will be expected to apply to join the Society.    Meetings commence at 7.15pm
2008
Tuesday, 7th October
The ingenuous Mr. Thoresby: First Historian of Leeds;
Dr. Kevin Grady will talk about the life and interests of Ralph Thoresby after whom the Society is named.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
4th November
The effects of the Black Death in Leeds;
Dr. John Dixon will discuss how plausible some of the effects are.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 2nd December Gunning for Leeds? Defending the City in the English Civil War; presented by Simon Riches and Adrian Budge from The Royal Armouries. This will be a hands on presentation looking at artefacts and evidence and at the Leeds experience during the Civil war.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2009
Thursday,
8th January
Members’ Evening
1. St. Saviour’s Church and the Oxford Movement; Dr. Roy Yates
2. Monuments as a reflection of public figures, public events and the history of Leeds; Peggy Pullen
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
3rd February
The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser: Chartist Pioneer of newspaper circulation wars; Dr. Malcolm Chase (Leeds University) will give an illustrated talk on the free gifts given by the Northern Star to boost its circulation
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
3rd March
Leeds and Wakefield: two Jebb Prisons;
Felicity Harrison (retired researcher) will give an illustrated talk.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
7th April
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman : The Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Robinson
This will be followed by a lecture given by Matthew Roberts from Sheffield Hallam University entitled :W.L.Jackson and the politics of Civic Virtue in late Victorian Leeds.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.


Lecture Syllabus 2009-2010


2010
Tuesday, 6th October
The Knights Templar, with special reference to Temple Newsam’ :
Trish Colton and Diane Holloway, authors of ‘The Knights Templar in Yorkshire’ will give an illustrated talk.
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane
Tuesday,
3rd November
“The History of Middleton Park :
Martin Roe (archaeologist) will talk to us about the archaeology and history of Middleton Park, its manorial woodland, landscaping, the early coal mining and its historic waggonway.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 1st December “Watty’s Birthday 1763 : A Leeds Family celebrates”
Eileen White (food historian) will talk about the house and the feast prepared by an 18th century Leeds family living on the Headrow
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2010
Thursday,
7th January
Members’ Evening
1. “The Barrister and the Quaker”

Vine Joss will talk about the first attempts by women to get on to the electoral register in Leeds.
2. “The Development of Roundhay as a Victorian Suburb”
Anne Wilkinson will give an illustrated talk.
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
2nd February
“The Borough Waits : The Corporation Musicians, their history and music”
Alan Radford from Leeds Waits will talk about the history of the Waits and their instruments. The Waits will play some of their music, particularly from the Crawshaw Manuscript, Harper’s Yard, Kirkgate
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
2nd March
“The Bank : A Leeds Irish Community 1830 – 1930”
Danny and Helen Kennally from the Leeds Irish History and Cultural Society will give an illustrated talk on the origins and life of the Irish Community. This talk will coincide with Irish History Month.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
5th April

6.45 pm

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman : The Lord Mayor of Leeds
This will be followed by a lecture given by Geoffrey Forster from The Leeds Library on “R. D. Chantrell: The Leeds Architect, and his work.”.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2010-2011


2010
Tuesday, 5th October
1. “The Barrister and the Quaker”
Vine Joss will talk about the first attempts by women to get on to the electoral register in Leeds.
2. “The Development of Roundhay as a Victorian Suburb”
Anne Wilkinson will give an illustrated talk.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
2nd November
“From Casino to Empire – The Music Hall in Leeds 1840 – 1914”:
Professor David Russell from Leeds Metropolitan University will give an illustrated talk on this fascinating topic.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 7th December “The Black City – The Problem of Smoke Pollution in Leeds c.1800 – 1956”
Dr. Stephen Mosley from Leeds Metropolitan University will give an illustrated talk on the impact of pollution on Leeds.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2011
Thursday,
13th January
To celebrate the New Year: An Evening with Oakwood Local History Society
Hilary Dyson and Anne Wilkinson will present two illustrated talks on aspects of Oakwood history. Wine will be served between the talks and the library will be open beforehand for the sale of books.
Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
1st February
“Walking the Leeds – Liverpool Canal”
Pat Clark will present an illustrated look at the buildings, the history, the industrial use and present use of the Leeds - Liverpool canal.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
1st March
“The Leeds Pottery Dig”
Kathy Allday and Jean Millard will talk about the exciting archaeological projects round Leeds.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Cancelled and replaced by Kevin Grady talking about Kirkgate

Tuesday,
5th April

6.45 pm

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Chairman : The Lord Mayor of Leeds
This will be followed by a lecture given by Geoffrey Forster from The Leeds Library on “Samuel Smiles”.
Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2011-2012


2011
Tuesday, 4th October
The Bishop Blase processions in Leeds and Bradford: the end of an era
Bishop Blaise was the Patron Saint of Wool. Peter Meredith (Hon. Librarian) will enlighten us.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
1st November
Regeneration and Persistence: an audio walk around Holbeck
Simon Bradley will discuss his current PhD research, producing an
oral history of Holbeck.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday, 6th December Celebrating Christmas in Victorian Leeds
Janet Douglas will give an illustrated talk.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2012
Thursday,
12th January
Members’ Evening

1 .The note books of Robert Pounder, woollen worker and friend
of Robert Oastler
: Ann Alexander is transcribing these note books
in the Society’s collection.

2. A Good Interment: the Leeds General Cemetery Company 1833-1965: an illustrated talk by Jim Morgan.

Wine and refreshments will be served. The Library will be open before
the meeting for the sale of surplus books.

Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
7th February
An Evening presented by Morley Local History Group
Dr. Clive McManus will give an illustrated talk on Morley’s Heritage and the David Atkinson archive.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
6th March
Behind the Postage Stamp: A history of letter writing from 1660-2011 with a focus on Leeds.
David Wilson, retired teacher and Philatelist will talk on the history on the Leeds Postal service

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
3rd April 6.45 pm

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Lord Mayor of Leeds presiding.
This will be followed by a lecture given by the Michael Meadowcroft on Charles Wilson, the big city boss.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2012-2013


2012
Tuesday, 2nd October
Samplers from the Leeds and Galleries Collection
Natalie Raw from The Abbey House Museum and Leeds Discovery Centre will give an illustrated talk. Do bring along any family heirlooms.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
6th November
Sir Thomas Gascoigne, eighteenth century Yorkshire catholic baronet; his upbringing, politics ; his estate management
An illustrated lecture by Alex Lock of Leeds University

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,4th December Fertility decline in 19th Leeds and the social reasons behind this
Paul Atkinson from Huddersfield University will
discuss this.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2013
Thursday,
10th January
Members’ Evening

1 . ‘A great wrong has been done to the dead’: Eric Gill’s war memorial for the University of Leeds:
Speaker:Anne Brook


2..The development of the manor of Kirkgate-a reappraisal;
Speaker Steve Burt

The library will be open before the meeting.
Refreshments will be served in between the talks

Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
5th February
The Leeds Pottery Dig
Jean Millard and Kathy Alldays will talk about the exciting archaeological projects around Leeds.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
5th March
The Suffragette boycott of the 1911 census across West Yorkshire
A talk by Jill Liddington from Leeds University.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Tuesday,
2nd April 6.45 pm

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle will be presiding.
This will be followed by a lecture given by Roy Yates, the Society
President entitled Church and Town: The ministry of John Gott as vicar of Leeds 1873-1886:

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2013-2014


 
2013
Tuesday October 1st
Pedestrians and Pugilists-Sporting life in Leeds in the Nineteenth century. Derek Martin uncovers a rich but forgotten history of professional athletes, prizefighters, gamblers, sporting entrepreneurs, and other disreputable types in Victorian England.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday November 5th The history of the water supply for Leeds. David Burgess, civil engineer(retired) Yorkshire Water Board, will give an illustrated talk.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday December 3rd.

 

Pagannini on Tour: David Mayers retired lecturer from Huddersfield , will give an illustrated talk on Pagannini’s visit to Leeds Music Hall

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2014
Thursday January 9th.

 

Members’ Evening

1 .The Wortley church Disaster of 1891. David Thornton will talk about this tragedy where 11 girls were burnt to death at a church bazaar.

2.Ralph Thoresby’s life as he saw it: the Autobiographical transcription project. Peter Meredith will tell us about the progress of the project.

Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds.
Tuesday February 4th. The Special collections at the University of Leeds. Katy Goodrun will talk about the wide ranging collections and their accessibility .

Venue: The Friends ’Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday March 5th The Gascoignes and the Garforth Miners; the development of Garforth in the Nineteenth century. Alison Henesey will look at the Role of the local landed family and the effect on the development of the community 1850-1890

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday April 1st
6.45pm
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, will be presiding.This will be followed by a lecture given by the Roy Yates, the Society President entitled 150 years of the Church Extension Society.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday May 19th
1.00-3.30pm
A visit to the Wortley Local History Group. Colin Broadbent will talk about the history of Wortley and show the group’s collection of artefacts based at Whingate Methodist Church, Upper Armley.


 

 

Lecture Syllabus 2014-2015

2014
Tuesday, October 7th
The impact of the First World War on Leeds Grammar School : John Davies has recently returned from the Battlefields and has been researching pupils from the Grammar school who lost their lives.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
November 4th
The Wave of Disease; The Leeds Cholera Epidemic of 1832: John Brooke will give an illustrated talk on the impact of the outbreak.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
December 2nd
Mill Hill Chapel personalities in the City of Leeds circa 1847-1900 John Goodchild will talk on importance of this group to Leeds.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2015
Thursday,
January 15th
Members’ Evening

1. Tommy Clapham and his magnificent and princely gardens: Eveleigh Bradford will give an illustrated talk about the lost botanical gardens of Headingley.

2. Yet more Ralph Thoresby: searching the Thoresby Archives: Peter Meredith will talk about his research.

There will be a book sale before this meeting and refreshments in the interval

Venue: Claremont, Clarendon Road, Leeds
Tuesday,
February 3rd
The secret life of Edward Baines: the censored business of medicines, printers and booksellers in Georgian England: Alan Mackintosh from Leeds University will be looking at the role of the press as patent medicine vendors.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds..
Tuesday,
March 3rd
Small and scattered: Children’s Homes in Leeds 1900-1950 Sue Cottam has recently completed her PhD investigating the work of Voluntary Homes in Leeds and the backgrounds of the children in care.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Tuesday,
April 7th

6.45 pm
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Lord Mayor of Leeds,Councillor David Congreve, will be presiding.
This will be followed by a lecture given by Roy Yates, the Society President entitled The Reformation in Leeds 1534-1559

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

 

Lecture Syllabus 2015-2016

2015
Monday, October 7th
From Waterloo to Peterloo and its aftermath:a Leeds and West Yorkshire Perspective by Malcolm Chase.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday,
October 19th
Stories from the War hospital. Richard Wilcocks will tell true stories from Leeds Principal First World war hospital at Becketts Park, Headingley

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday,
November 16th
Mill Hill Chapel personalities in the City of Leeds circa 1847-1900 John Goodchild will talk on importance of this group to Leeds.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
2016
Monday,
January 18th
Members’ Evening

1. John Hope Saw 1792-1864, Solicitor, Politician and three times Mayor of Leeds. Presented by Michael Meadowcroft

2. Rev Samuel Kettlewell, Vicar of St Mark’s Woodhouse, and former curate of Dr. Hook Member of the Royal Society and his Natural History Expedition Talk by Jackie Depelle

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday,
February15th
Memory, Heritage and taking photographs-Leeds and beyond. Prof Robert Morris (Patron of the Thoresby Society) will ask what we learn as historians when we take photographs…lavishly illustrated.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday,
March 21st
Joseph Town and the History of Leeds Paper making. A talk by Catherine Wright. Jospeh Town was a member of the Thoresby Society The Town family had a paper mill from 1822-1930., Turkey mill in Keighley and premises in Albion Street

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
Monday,
April 18th

6.45 pm
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Lecture Chapel, Chantries and Guilds in Leeds at the time of the Reformation by Roy Yates.

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.