Lecture Syllabus 2021-2022

The following lectures have been arranged for members but everyone is welcome to come. All meetings will be at the Leeds Library at 6pm, or by Zoom or both, depending on the circumstances.

This year we are trying both live and on Zoom so please use the link on each lecture to book your place. Please select either to attend in person or to use Zoom.

Monday September 20th A City of Shopkeepers

Eric Musgrave, fashion writer and author of Leeds Then And Now, celebrates the ways in which shops and shopping have shaped Leeds city centre.

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Monday October 18th spinningSpinning through the West Riding

John Cruickshank will discuss some of his recent research, based on Bramley, Armley and Wortley in Leeds, into the pre-industrial woollen industry in Yorkshire.

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Wednesday November 3rd
@ 1pm

George CorsonGeorge Corson, Leeds Architect by Eveleigh Bradford.

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Now available on youtube

Wednesday November 10th
@ 1pm

Dr Hook and the Oxford Movement in Leeds by Rev. Dr Roy Yates.

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Monday November 15th

micrometerWilliam Gascoigne, Leeds Astronomer - or, How a spider placed Leeds at the forefront of the Scientific Revolution

David Sellers will explore the life of William Gascoigne (c.l612-1644), the first inventor of the telescopic sight and the telescope micrometer.

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Wednesday November 17th @ 1pm

Alice Cliff Scatcherd, Leeds Suffragist by Janet Douglas.

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Wednesday November 24th
@ 1pm

Joshua Tetley and the development of Tetley's Brewery by Prof. John Chartres.  

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Monday December 20

Leeds blitz"Look at this - Did you see that'': Making Sense of the Leeds 'Blitz'
This talk from Dr. Henry Irving will explore the history of the city's worst air raid, which took place on the night of14 March 1941.

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Please note that this time the In Person and the Zoom registrations are on different pages.

Monday January 17th

Members' Evening Part 1

Marsden medal1. Henry Rowland Marsden: his life and legacy, presented by Chris Hindle.






Leeds Preventorium2. The Leeds Preventorium 1925-1939: shielding children from tuberculosis, but ••• presented by David Cundall.





JMW Turner illustration3. Fawkes' Fairfaxiana, c.1815-1825: JMW Turner's Illustrations of the Past for the Future, presented by Lucy Bailey.

Monday January 31st

Member's Evening, Part 2

Burmantofts hand painted tile1. The Leeds firm Burmantofts, 1880-1914, presented by Hans van Lemmen.






Art exhibition in Leeds Infirmary2. Family life in a ledger 1860-1877: The records of a regular visitor to Leeds -Frederick W. Sheppard, Schoolmaster & Parish Clerk of Bardsey, presented by Margaret Moseley.





1812 image of boxing3. Brutal exhibition' or 'Noble Art of Self Defence'? - a short history of prize fighting in Leeds 1820-1860, presented by Derek Martin.

Monday February 21st

Leeds Hyde Out'The Risk We Take': LGBTQ Histories of Leeds.

Ross Horsley looks into the lives of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender people from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Monday March 21st Field Marshal Lord Nicholson (1845-198): From LGS to CGS

William Gustavus Nicholson was born in Leeds and attended Leeds Grammar School. He served most ofhis army career in India before becoming Chief of the General Staff and the first Chief of the Imperial General Staff. John Davies' talk tracks his life and career.


Followed by a lecture from Michael Meadowcroft exploring the many possible uses of Ephemera in the aid of Leeds research.