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Leeds Town Hall

Behind the Lions Talks, Tours & Exhibitions September 2015 - July 2016

Cultural Talks Join us for a series of free cultural talks; Lunchtime Talks, Leeds Cultural Conversations and the Royal Armouries series.

Dr Emily Marshall, Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University

All talks are free and can be booked via Eventbrite Please see specific talks for details on time and location. For information please call 0113 247 6419 or email LCC

To book tickets for Leeds Cultural Conversations visit: LT


To book tickets for Lunchtime Talks and Royal Armouries series visit:

Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University

Lunchtime Talks (LT) are brought to you in partnership with Leeds University’s Brotherton Library and Leeds Central Library, delivered by researchers and staff who work with their collections. The Leeds Cultural Conversations (LCC) are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. This series is supported by Palgrave Macmillan. The Royal Armouries series (RAs) includes two talks given by two of the Senior Curators from the Royal Armouries which will coincide with their new displays of the Battle of Waterloo and the Easter Tournament of jousting.

Wednesday 9 September LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery What is the European Capital of Culture and what it can do for a City with Professor Franco Bianchini The European Capital of Culture has been much in the news following Leeds City Council’s decision to bid for the title for 2023. This talk will provide a brief history of the European Capital of Culture and discuss its aims. Thursday 24 September LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Central Library Public Art on Campus with Professor Ann Sumner Public Art has played a key role on the University of Leeds campus for many years, from the controversial Eric Gill First World War Memorial Christ driving the Moneychangers from the Temple dedicated in 1923, to Simon Fujiwara’s A Spire unveiled in June.

Wednesday 7 October LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Thoresby Room, Leeds City Museum It’s not all Sequins and Bikinis? Power, Performance and Play in the Leeds and Trinidad Carnival with Dr Emily Marshall Asking to what extent contemporary Caribbean carnival practices in Leeds and Trinidad continue to provide a challenge to officialdom – or do they, paradoxically, reinstate the rules? Friday 16 October LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Town Hall Menasseh Ben Israel: Political activism and religious tolerance at the time of the Cromwellian Revolution with Eva Frojmovic Born in 1604, Menasseh Ben Israel bridged the Jewish and the Christian worlds: he was a rabbi, a scholar and a publisher, authoring and printing works in Latin, Portuguese, Spanish and Hebrew, collaborating with Rembrandt, who etched his portrait.

which brought the events to life for the general public before the era of photography and moving pictures.

Gaskell manuscripts, Leeds University Brotherton collection

Thursday 5 November LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Central Library Editing Elizabeth Gaskell: Sylvia’s Lovers, from manuscript to printed novel with Dr Shirley Foster November 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of author, biographer, humanitarian and campaigner, Elizabeth Gaskell. Join us to explore the Brotherton Collection’s Gaskell manuscripts. Wednesday 11 November LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds Town Hall Retaking the Commons: Culture, Politics, and the Public Realm with Dr Andrew Lawson and Dr Katy Shaw This session will discuss how the left can find new ways of challenging the neoliberal discourse of “public bad/private good”, and ask how literary and cultural texts can reframe ideas of collective agency and the common good. Tuesday 24 November RAs 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Town Hall Battle of Waterloo with Senior Curator Mark Murray Flutter This talk will examine the battle, and the weapons used, as well as highlighting some of the artworks

Wednesday 9 December LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds Town Hall Doing Urban History in an Urban World with Dr Shane Ewen Urban history provides a combination of traditional and innovative approaches and ideas for researching the history of an urban place and its position in the wider world. This talk will introduce and explore some of these through a series of examples. Thursday 10 December LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Town Hall Feast & Famine: Medieval Food in Season with Lecturer Iona McCleery A look at the cycle of the seasons using evidence from the Brotherton Collection of illuminated manuscripts for plants and animals eaten during the Middle Ages. 2016 Wednesday 13 January LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds Town Hall The Real Fagin? The Life and Crimes of William Sheen with Dr Heather Shore This talk will explore Sheen’s criminal career, as well as considering how the life of Sheen may have influenced the young Charles Dickens, the talk will also consider the impact of Sheen’s activities on his neighbours and community in the mean streets of Victorian east London. Thursday 14 January 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Central Library


Leeds Socialist History: the Alf Mattison Collection with Professor Malcolm Chase An insight into Alfred Mattison, a remarkable man of Leeds. His career progressed through engineering to a clerical post in Leeds’ tramways department. A founder member of the Independent Labour Party, Alf knew many of the great socialist figures of his age. Friday 5 February LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Town Hall The Experience of Resistance: Conscientious Objectors to the First World War Come along to hear about the wartime experiences of these men and their supporters and gain insight into some of the First World War’s lesser known stories. Wednesday 10 February LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds Town Hall Pride of Place: LGBTQ Histories and Heritage with Professor Alison Oram This talk will discuss some well-known heritage sites such as Charleston (Sussex) and Plas Newydd (Llangollen), and a new web-based project initiated by Historic England and led by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett to promote knowledge of LGBTQ heritage. Wednesday 2 March RAs 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Town Hall The Tournament with Senior Curator Karen Watts Originally a means of training for war the tournament became a spectacular spectator sport and an opportunity for competitors to show off their expensive and often strange armours. Explore the world of the fashionable medieval knight.

Friday 4 March LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Central Library Visiting Venice: from pilgrims to pleasure-seekers with Dr Alex Bamji Venice has captivated the imagination of its many visitors for centuries. This talk will explore what drew visitors to the city, from fifteenth-century monks on their way to the Holy Land, to eighteenth-century Grand Tourists searching for culture, casinos and carnival. Wednesday 9 March LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds Town Hall Women, Visibility and Playful Acts with F= members Dr Liz Stirling, Dr Casey Orr, Jo Hassall, Laura Robinson A talk / performance following the public celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016

as part of the Festival of The Body organised by F= and based at Central Library Artspace from 29 February to 31 March 2016. Wednesday 13 April LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Leeds City Museum Cooking without a Clock: Women, Domesticity and Timekeeping in Nineteenth Century Europe with Dr Rachel Rich This talk will consider what time meant to men and women in the nineteenth century, looking in particular at how time was written about in diaries and published books. Thursday 14 April LT 1.00 – 2.00pm Leeds Central Library The Heart, The Border: poetry and exchange with Helen Mort This talk will discuss movement

and borders as themes in Ken Smith’s (1938-2003) work and explore the challenges and rewards inherent in trying to respond creatively to the work of another poet. Wednesday 11 May LCC 12.30 – 1.30pm Court Room, Leeds Town Hall Eastern European ‘Show Trials’ of the 1950s: the Slansky Case with Dr Kelly Hignett New evidence and insights from previously closed archives about the Slansky trial, one of the best-known political show trials in 1950s Czechoslovakia, have recently become available. This talk will discuss how knowledge and understanding of the Slansky trial evolved as a result. This event will include a dramatisation.

Lunchtime Organ Series Leeds International Concert Season’s popular Lunchtime Organ Series takes place most Mondays from mid-September to April at Leeds Town Hall.

View inside Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall

Admission is free and tickets are not required Each recital starts at 1.05pm and lasts approx. 55mins / 0113 247 8336 to request a leaflet

During the 2015/16 season as well as our regular organists there are a number of vocal and instrumental guests making their debut performances in the series: King’s College organ scholar Richard Gowers (28 Sep), harpist Angelina Warburton (5 Oct), New York City organist Jason Roberts (26 Oct), actor Nathan Beguin (16 Nov), Organist to the United Grand Lodge of England Paul Bowen (14 March) and Principal Cello for Orchestra of Opera North Jessica Burroughs (4 April). Other regular guests whose performances are warmly anticipated by our audience each year include the University of Huddersfield Brass Band (Tues 15 Dec), the Choirs of Leeds Minster, Leeds Cathedral and the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, and St Peter’s Singers with the National Festival Orchestra (15 Feb).

Exhibitions Arts Development organises a range of temporary exhibitions within the Town Hall, including programming the Staircase Gallery and Reception Gallery spaces.

Pride 2015, Leeds LGBT Pride

The gallery spaces are open to the public Monday to Saturday 9.30am until 4.30pm Please see the Town Hall website for further details on exhibition launch dates.

Image by: Helen Maycock, My Leeds in Focus exhibition

Celebrating Leeds International Piano Competition June 2015 - September 2015 This exhibition looks at the history of the competition, including photographs of past winners and events. The 2015 competition will be hosted across Leeds and at Leeds Town Hall in August & September. Being There October 2015 - December 2015 Showcasing exceptional photographs from Leeds College of Art BA Photography students, this exhibition links in to Un Fold, the Leeds Programme for the British Art Show 8 which opens at Leeds Art Gallery in October. My Leeds in Focus January 2016 - March 2016 An exciting photography exhibition showcasing the images and stories of the amazing buildings, places, people and activities that define our city. Curated by Leeds Community Foundation, a charity dedicated to bringing about positive change in local communities, the exhibition includes a collection of shortlisted entries from their My Leeds in Focus photography competition. 30 Years of Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah – exploring stories since 1985 April 2016 - June 2016 Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah are a dynamic participatory theatre and drama group, providing rewarding experiences for children and young people and facilitating enquiry into fundamental philosophical questions. This exhibition is a showcase of their work in celebration of their 30th Anniversary year.

BATTLEFIELD, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah

10 years of LGBT Pride in Leeds July 2016 - September 2016 This exhibition on show from July will celebrate the last 10 years of Leeds LGBT Pride, showcasing the history of what has evolved to become one of Leeds’ biggest free city centre events, attracting people from throughout the UK.

Leeds Town Hall Tours Town Hall Tours take place on the last Saturday and Monday of each month, you can see the amazing heritage of Victoria Hall, the old courtroom, prison cells and the view across the city from the top of the Clock Tower. Leeds Town Hall clock

Tickets: £4.50 Box Office: 0113 224 3801 We also offer private tours for groups at a date/time to suit you, great for corporate visits, heritage groups, youth groups and parties. Tours are £115 and can take up to 25 people. For more information: 0113 247 6419 Please note: for those unable to ascend the clock tower stairs an audio-visual presentation will be available if requested in advance. Access to the clock tower and outside the clock tower is subject to weather conditions, if the weather is particularly bad we retain the right to remove this part of the tour for safety reasons.

2015 September Saturday 26: 10.30am Monday 28: 2.30pm October Monday 26: 2.30pm Saturday 31: 10.30am November Saturday 28: 10.30am Monday 30: 2.30pm December Christmas Lights evening tours Wednesday 2, Wednesday 9, Wednesday 16: all at 4.30pm 2016 January Monday 25: 2.30pm Saturday 30: 10.30am

February Saturday 27: 10.30am Monday 29: 2.30pm March Saturday 26: 10.30am

(no Monday tour due to Bank Holiday)

April Monday 25: 2.30pm Saturday 30: 10.30am May Saturday 28: 10.30am

(no Monday tour due to Bank Holiday)

June Saturday 25: 10.30am Monday 27: 2.30pm July Monday 25: 2.30pm Saturday 30: 10.30am

The Arts Development Team is part of Leeds City Council’s Arts, Venues & Events service within City Development. @Leedsarts


The Town Hall has a full What’s On brochure of concerts, events and activity available. Please contact: for further details.

Behind the Lions 2015-16  

Leeds Town Hall Talks, Tours & Exhibitions September 2015 - July 2016

Behind the Lions 2015-16  

Leeds Town Hall Talks, Tours & Exhibitions September 2015 - July 2016