Exploring Leeds: Heritage Open Days 2017

As always, we have a wide-range of fascinating events lined-up for this season’s programme of Heritage Open Days. Further details of each can be found below, along with booking information.

Tours

HERITAGE TOURS OF LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY
Thursday 7 September, 2.00pm, Friday 8 September, 2.00pm, Saturday 9 September, 11.00am.
Join us for an entertaining trip behind the scenes of our magnificent Grade II* listed building in the historic heart of Leeds. Tours last approximately 1 hour and leave from the ground floor atrium, outside the Lending department.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. Tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

LEEDS TAPESTRY TOUR
Friday 8 September, 12 noon.
Join us for a tour of the Leeds Tapestry, an iconic needlework display across 16 giant panels, celebrating the city’s history and culture. Learn about the beautiful, intricate needlework images and discover the fascinating stories behind their creation. Tours last 90 minutes and leave from the Art Library on the first floor.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. 
Tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

Family Events

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TREASURES HANDLING
Saturday 9 September, 1.00pm.
Find out more about some of the oldest, rarest and most beautiful items in our collections at this special hands-on session, especially those about pirates, explorers and adventure. Aimed at children and adults, with the workshop lasting approximately 1 hour. Meet in Local & Family History on the 2nd floor.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. Tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

The Children’s Library at Central, seen in 1934 and 2014

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HERITAGE TOUR OF LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY
Saturday 9 September, 2.00pm.
Join us for an entertaining trip behind the scenes of our magnificent Grade II* listed building in the historic heart of Leeds. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and leaves from the ground floor atrium, outside the Lending department.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. Tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

Treasures Up Close

TREASURES HANDLING SESSIONS (FOR ADULTS)
Friday 8 September, 3.30pm, Saturday 9 September, 10.00am.
Find out more about some of the oldest, rarest and most beautiful items in our collections at this special hands-on session, lasting approximately 1 hour. Meet in Local & Family History on the 2nd floor.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. Tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

The Book of Hours – just one of the Treasures held at Leeds Central Library

TALK: TREASURES OF THE LIBRARY
Friday 8 September, 1.00–2.00pm, Room 700, Leeds Central Library.
A talk by Phillip Wilde about some of the oldest and rarest items in our special collections, providing a unique opportunity to learn more about their fascinating histories.
FREE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED.

Harehills Heritage Walks

The Local & Family History Library is supporting the research of PhD student Joanne Harrison, who is investigating back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds. Over the Heritage Open Days weekend, Joanne will be leading tours of streets in Harehills.

You can find out more about the project here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Backtobackhouses

WALKING TOUR OF BACK-TO-BACK HOUSES IN HAREHILLS
Saturday 9 September, 12.30–1.30pm and 3.30–4.30pm. Sunday 10 September, 12.30–1.30pm and 3.30–4.30pm.
This tour will guide you not just through the back-to-back streets of Harehills, but through the history of their development between 1891 and 1912, setting it in the context of late Victorian and early Edwardian social and sanitary reform and national legislation. Meet at the corner of Harehills Road and Lambton Grove, Leeds, LS8 5PB.
FREE. BOOKING REQUIRED. Phone (0113) 378 6982 or email backtobackhouses@gmail.com

1953 Aerial view of back to back red brick terraced housing in Harehills. You can read more about this image on our Leodis image archive

EXHIBITION: BACK-TO-BACK HOUSES & THEIR COMMUNITIES
Saturday 2 and 9 September, 10.00am–4.00pm. Sunday 3 and 10 September, 12 noon–4.00pm
4–7 September, 9.00am–7.00pm. Friday 8 Sep, 10.00am–7.00pm.
At the Compton Centre, Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 7BG.
Come and have a look at this special exhibition tracing the history of back-to-back house-building in Leeds, see the amazing variety of house designs and architectural detail still present in Harehills today, and find out how you can get involved in a project about their history, present and future.
FREE ENTRY.

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