New project explores Hunslet and Holbeck’s heritage

The University of Leeds has sent us details of an exciting new heritage project in south Leeds and an open invitation to a special event at Leeds Town Hall….

Hunslet and Holbeck are communities in Leeds with significant industrial heritage.

A new project is looking for ways of creating awareness of this heritage among  local communities themselves and harvest the experiences and stories for future generations.

The Hunslet & Holbeck Heritage Project is a initiative, part-funded through the University of Leeds IGNITE programme, focuses on developing collaborative projects aimed at linking business and commerce with community engagement and world-leading research.

The project is being run by staff at the University of Leeds – Mark Westgarth, Ruth Dass and Rebecca Wade.

The central project is focused on using the significance of the 19th century industrial heritage of Leeds, both the tangible (the heritage fabric; buildings and city landscape) and the intangible (community memory), as a catalyst to promote education, skills and training for local and regional business.

To kickstart the discussions about this, a set of meetings has been held to find ways to shape the project and search for funding.

More information can be found on the project’s blog. See below for an open invitation to a project event at the Town Hall next month: