Lecture Syllabus 2020-2021

The following lectures have been arranged for members but everyone is welcome to come. All meetings will be on zoom starting at 6pm, or 1pm for the November lunch time series, until the situation changes. To reserve a place for these lectures please send a message to a.slomson@leeds.ac.uk. Alan needs to receive your mail so that he can send you the link the day before. If you have booked and not received the link then he needs to know at least an hour before the time of the lecture.

Tuesday September 15th

Anne ListerJoint Meeting with the Leeds Library

Who was the real Anne Lister? Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, Halifax was a landowner, traveller, a maverick, a scholar and a seducer of other women. She kept extensive diaries written in a secret code. Jill Liddington, feminist historian, has worked on her diaries and gives us an insight into Anne’s fascinating autobiography. Anne was the subject of the recent television series, Gentleman Jack.


Monday September 21st Thomas GascoigneA Protestant work ethic? Catholicism and estate management in the late eighteenth century.

Alexander Lock, curator of modern archives and manuscripts at the British Library, will explore estate management and agrarian improvement by a Catholic C18th landowner, Sir Thomas Gascoigne 1745-1810 of Parlington Hall.
Monday October 19th Time stood still: Civilian and Military prisons at Lofthouse Park Camp near Wakefield 1914-1919.

Dr Claudia Sternberg from Leeds University will give an illustrated talk.

Wednesday November 4th
@ 1pm
the Leeds LibraryDr. Kevin Grady 'The Early Years of the Leeds Library'

Wednesday November 11th
@ 1pm
Leeds Royal GardensEveleigh Bradford
'The most beautiful Public Gardens in England'

The Story of the Lost Headingley Botanical Gardens and Royal Park'

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Monday November 16th Alderman Archie Scarr: Leeds radical ’Mayor of the masses’.

Chris Hindle will talk about this interesting and controversial figure 1827-1904. Described as one of the best-known men in the northern part of the West Riding, an advocator of temperance and thrift.

Wednesday November 18th
@ 1pm
Nelson StreetRev. Dr. Roy Yates 'The Back-to-Back Housing Development on the Site of the Victoria Gate Shopping Complex'
Wednesday November 25th
@ 1pm
Cholera in HunsletSteven Burt: 'Hunslet and the Cholera Epidemics of the C19th.'

Monday January 18th Members' Evening

1. Leeds and its History in the Central Library Collections, presented by Antony Ramm.

2. Gabriel Davis and the establishment of the Jewish Community in Leeds. A talk by Michael Meadowcroft

Monday February 15th

Thomas Nunnerley 1809-1870, Surgery, Audit and Politics.

Dr. John Turney will talk on what surgery could and could not be done in the C19th and how it reflected on the dangerous lives of the working people.

Monday March 15th Britain’s First World War Widows - the forgotten legion - a Leeds Perspective.

Andrea Hetherington will explore the struggle widows faced to make new lives after their bereavement, using letters and first-hand accounts.

Monday April 19th


The Lord Mayor, Councillor Eileen Taylor, will be present.
This will be followed by a talk entitled The Place of the River Aire in the History of Leeds. Kevin Grady will trace the evolving physical character of the river and its environment and its economic importance to Leeds.