Leeds in your lunch hour

Leeds Civic Trust present their 14th year of free lunchtime lectures on the history of Leeds. These talks offer viewers the chance to be transported back to a fascinating era in the city’s past.

This year’s illustrated lectures cover the white heat of the industrial revolution in our city, the city’s retail heritage through a look at markets and market halls, the grandest street in Victorian Leeds and a look at the Edwardian period where design, transport and housing came to the fore.

The first lecture, on Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 1pm will be of particular interest to those of us in South Leeds.

‘Invention, Acumen and Espionage’: The Industrial Revolution in Leeds, 1780-1845

In the heady days of the Industrial Revolution in Leeds, people stopped at nothing to steal the secrets of the industrial processes which were generating great wealth. This lecture focuses on the creation of Leeds’s three most famous early factories: Benjamin Gott’s Park Mills; Matthew Murray’s Round Foundry and John Marshall’s Temple Mill.

Dr Kevin Grady said:

“Pandemic or no pandemic, I am delighted that the tradition of my Leeds Civic Trust February lunchtime lectures on the history of Leeds can continue!

“This year’s lectures look at the development of the city’s first factories during the Industrial Revolution; the magnificent but long-since demolished Victorian market halls and exchange buildings; the development of Boar Lane into the great Victorian showpiece of Leeds; and the character of the city in the booming and flamboyant Edwardian period. I am looking forward to telling these fascinating stories.”

The online lectures are free, but you need to register via: leedscivictrust.org.uk/events


This post is based on a press release issed by Leeds Civic Trust