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“The most beautiful public gardens in England”

Leeds Central Library, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Many people will know the old Bear Pit in Cardigan Road, an evocative relic of the former Zoological and Botanical Gardens, later known as the…

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A Stranger’s Guide to Leeds in 1830

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dr Grady has adapted this lecture for an online audience. A visitor from London arrives in Leeds to gather information for a talk he is giving to…

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A Time to Stand and Stare: the Arts in Lockdown

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Trio Literati is a Leeds based touring company much loved by Heritage Open Days audiences for their live pop up performances. They have also…

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A Virtual Tour of Kirkstall Forge - Its history, its people and its future….

Commercial Estates Group, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Kirkstall Forge was the longest continually used industrial site in the UK. On 15th September 2020 at 7pm, from the comfort of your own living…

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All Saints’ Church, Barwick-in-Elmet

Aberford Road, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Going back to Norman times All Saints' Church has had several alterations. The spectacular East Window which shows the saints. The Gascoigne…

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All Saints’, Harewood

Harewood Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

This remarkable and interesting church is currently closed but please download our guidebook with some historic facts and ten things to look out…

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An Armley Odyssey

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Armley Library was the first purpose built library in Leeds. Recently Library staff worked with pupils from Swallow Hill Academy to produce this…

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Changes in the Morley landscape - the twentieth century and beyond

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Morley's basic industries at the start of the 20th century such as textiles, coal mining and quarrying have now almost completely disappeared. The…

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Church of The Epiphany

227 Beech Lane, Gipton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6SP

Grade I listed 20th century Bishop Burrough's Memorial Church by N.F. Cachemaille-Day. Beautiful Christopher Webb stained glass. Labyrinth in the…

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Cinemas of Leeds exhibition

Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG

The Hyde Park Picture House’s Hiding in Plain Sight project brings together years of research with beautiful new artwork to provide an…

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City Centre Self-Guided Blue Plaques Walk

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Download our map and take a leisurely stroll around the city centre as you discover some of the city's blue plaques. Leeds Civic Trust has been…

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DIY Leeds Heritage Quiz

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Know the Inner Ring Road like the back of your hand? Know your Brownlees from your Barbara Taylor Bradford's? Well now's the chance to put your…

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Factories and fevers - child health in 19th century Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dr Storr gave this talk in a 19th century Leeds mill last year and she has adapted it for an online audience. In addition to accounts of the…

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Farsley Rehoboth Burial Ground Heritage Day Tour

2 Coal Hill Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5NA

The Farsley Rehoboth Baptist Burial Ground was a place of internment from 1785 to 2000 and reflected the growth of Farsley, in particular its…

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Heritage and Nature along the Aire and Calder Navigation

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Roderic's live walks for Heritage Open Days were not possible this year so do join him online. The walk starts in the City Centre and ends at…

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Hidden by Nature - the lost Ice House in Middleton Park

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge was built in the 1760s by the Brandling family and houses of that time nearly always had an ice house. The house is long gone but…

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Hidden by Nature - the lost lake at Parlington

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Set amidst the lush undergrowth where the Cock Beck passes through the Estate, the plan was to provide a pleasure ground for family, friends and…

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Hidden Nature at Skelton Grange & Hollybush

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Mindful of current health guidelines, TCV at Hollybush and Skelton Grange are taking their popular Big Green Weekend annual open days online this…

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High Royds Memorial Chapel, Garden & Nature Reserve

Buckle Lane, Menston, Ilkley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 6DG

The paupers' graveyard (closed in 1969) which belonged to the former High Royds Psychiatric Hospital was restored in 2011 to create a tranquil…

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Inside the Hidden Shelters

Leeds, West Yorkshire

This event will provide a virtual glimpse inside one of the 31 air raid shelters constructed under parkland in Leeds during the Second World War.…

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Leeds Festival Chorus - singing for the City since 1858

Leeds, West Yorkshire

A brief history of one of Britain's finest and best loved choral ensembles will be followed by performances of Rachmaninov's 'Bogoroditse Djevo'…

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Leeds Irish Centre - A look at 50 years of heritage

Leeds, West Yorkshire

In this informative and enjoyable talk, join us as we discover the history, present and future of this Leeds institution. Heres' to the next 50…

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Lights, Camera, Action: M&S on Film!

The M&S Company Archive, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Explore the history of advertising at M&S and have the best seats in the house to view vintage fashions, changes on the high street and more. This…

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Little Woodhouse Ways - Walk 1

Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, 2 Leighton Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3EB

Walk 1: This walk will trace the paths, boundaries, alleyways and byways that have shaped the development of the roads and buildings of this…

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Little Woodhouse Ways - Walk 2

Asa Briggs House, St John's Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1FF

Walk 2: This walk will follow the paths, boundaries, alleyways and byways that have shaped the development of roads and buildings, ginnels and…

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Lost and Found: The Leeds Cross in its Historical Context - Prof Joyce Hill

Leeds Minster, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The tenth-century Leeds Cross, standing proudly in the Minster, is one of the city’s greatest treasures. It captures a moment in our history…

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Middleton Railway, Leeds

Middleton Railway Trust Ltd, Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2JQ

This was at Middleton in Leeds in 1812! Heritage Open Day visitors will be given a guided and informative tour of our museum and Display Hall.…

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Montague Burton - Tailor of Taste

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Bob and Jacki Lawrence of East Leeds History and Archaelogy Society (ELHAS) are regular contributors to Heritage Open Days. This year they have…

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Preserving memories with the Methley Archive - a photographic Time Machine

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Methley Archive has been run by a small group of local people since 2001 with the aim of recording and preserving the history of the area. Last…

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Recognising Herbert Read: the figure in the carpet

University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Herbert Read was a decorated First World War veteran, an art historian who contributed a weekly column to the popular BBC magazine the Listener,…

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SOS - look around you!  Sculpture, ornamentation and statues in Leeds City Centre

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Highlights will include the City Square statues, War Memorials, 20th and 21st century sculpture including works by Armitage, Moore and Scott and…

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St Aidan’s Church Leeds

Roundhay Road, Harehills , Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5QD

Nothing more needs to be said, just come along and be amazed at our beautiful church.

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St Edmund’s Church Roundhay

St Edmund's Church, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire

We are delighted to invite you to come on an interesting tour of our Grade II church consecrated in 1909. Your virtual tour will allow you to see…

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St John the Evangelist, Leeds

New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire

This remarkable and interesting church is currently closed but please download our guidebook with some historic facts and ten things to look out…

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St Luke’s Lutheran Church Open Day

9 Alma Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AH

A guided tour round perhaps the smallest cathedral in Britain. Learn something of the history of Lutheranism and its influence on modern Christianity.

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Stories from Otley Courthouse

Otley Courthouse, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

'Hidden Nature' can be found at Otley Courthouse in many of the cases which were heard at court. Animals featured in cases include sheep, mice,…

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Sunny Bank Mills

Sunny Bank Mills Archive and Gallery, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ

Dating from 1829, Sunny Bank Mills was an important woollen & worsted mill, with an interesting history. Although it ceased manufacturing only 12…

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Sunny Bank Mills & Archive

Sunny Bank Mills Archive and Gallery, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dating from 1829, Sunny Bank Mills was an important woollen & worsted mill, with an interesting history. Although it ceased manufacturing only 12…

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The 1152 Club Presents a Potted History of Kirkstall Abbey

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dr Bourne is Assistant Community Curator, Leeds Museums and Galleries and is based at the Abbey House Museum. The 1152 Club is named after the…

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The British Library at Boston Spa

Boston Spa, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Unable to host visitors for Heritage Open Days this year, our friends at the British Library have kindly made these two films available to enjoy…

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The Changing Face of Bramley 1800-2000

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Anthony has led popular walks through Bramley for past Heritage Open Days, sharing his detailed knowledge of the area. His online talk this year…

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The Church of St Mary Whitkirk Leeds

St Mary's Church, 390 Selby Road, Whitkirk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AA

The 15th century church building has elements dating back to the 12th century. There are records of Church life and worship across the years and…

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The Commoners Choir in lockdown

Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Commoners Choir describe themselves as 'a strange and yet open and inclusive choir that meets in Leeds, aiming to react to the ever changing…

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The End of an Era - a history of mining in Leeds

Leeds Civic Trust, Leeds, West Yorkshire

In 1935 almost 4,000 Leeds men were employed in mining; today it is just a handful. The city has a long history of coal mining but the last deep…

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The Leeds Silver Sparrows Steel Band

Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Silver Sparrows Band was formed in 2000 with young musicians from many inner city schools. The Band has been entertaining Leeds audiences ever…

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The Oldest Churches in Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Professor Hill is a regular contributor to the Heritage Open Days programme; she has adapted this talk for an online audience. She is an…

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Top Ten Leeds with writer, Kim Revill

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Kim's recently published '111 Places in Leeds that you shouldn't miss' is a travel guide with a difference - offering quirky and often missed gems…

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Trust TV - A Leeds Heritage Channel

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Have a go Morris dancing or learn more about the Quaker religion, via the Adel Meeting House - Trust TV bring you all our HODs offering this year…

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Welcome to ‘Back Chat’ - where all history matters

Leeds, West Yorkshire

These interviews remind us that so called 'ordinary' people often have extraordinary stories to tell; the interviews will form an historical…

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Westbourne House and Masonic Lodge

Westbourne House, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Although large parts of this building are usually closed to the public , Westbourne House has opened its doors on HODs since 2016, welcoming more…

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You are Here

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Curated by workerslunchtime with possible socially-distanced walking expedition. Workerslunchtime is a social enterprise putting people in their…

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“War and Peace in Medieval Times” – a display at Methley St Oswald’s Church

St. Oswald's Church, Church Side, Methley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9BJ

The most notable feature of St Oswald’s Church is the Waterton Chapel with its magnificent alabaster monuments to Sir Robert Waterton and…

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