A whole host of famous faces have done Leeds proud over the years.
From playwright Alan Bennett and rugby star Jason Robinson to sculptor Henry Moore and writer Barbara Taylor Bradford, the city’s history is littered with famous names and high achievers, but who else is worthy of a mention?
Leeds City Museum, in Millennium Square, is appealing for residents to nominate people who have done Leeds proud to be part of the Leeds Story Gallery’s permanent ‘Who’s Who’ display wall.
Since opening in 2008, the exhibition space has featured 30 pictures of people with close links to the city who rose to prominence in their respective fields on a national level.
As part of a refresh, the museum is appealing for votes for people who have made a “significant contribution to the city and represents both the talent and diversity of today’s Leeds”.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for culture and skills, said: “Anyone can be nominated whether they are in the public spotlight, an unsung hero, or someone who is making a fantastic contribution in our city, as we are especially keen to have some more contemporary faces on the wall. There is a short window in which to vote, so please do not miss out.”
Among the other names already featured on the post-1850 wall are late snooker player Paul Hunter, war hero and Victoria Cross holder Arthur Louis Aaron, industrialist Sir Montague Burton and businessman Arnold Ziff.
Suggestions, writing the name and reason for nomination, can be made by commenting on the Who’s Who pictures on Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leedsmuseumsandgalleries, or by tweeting your choice using the hashtag #WhosWho. The closing date for nominations is Monday July 28.
YEP readers have already began sending in their suggestions via Facebook. Tony Watson believes Welcome to Yorkshire’s Gary Verity and late fundraiser Jane Tomlinson should be recognised, Christian Hobson suggests Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and other readers have put forward names including Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, Sue Ryder and Peter O’Toole.
Visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum or www.leeds.gov.uk/whoswho for further information.
Names on the post-1850 Who’s Who wall so far:
- Sir Peter Fairburn (1799-1861) Industrialist and Mayor
- Henry Moore (1898-1986) Sculptor
- Sir Edward Baines (1800-1890) Editor and MP
- Barbara Taylor Bradford (born 1933) Writer
- Miss Eliza Wilkinson (painted c.1860) Benefactor
- Miss J.B. Kitson (painted c.1942) Lord Mayor 1942-1943
- Jason Robinson (born 1974) Rugby Player
- Arthur Louis Aaron (1922-1943) War Hero and VC
- Sir Montague Burton (1885-1952) Industrialist
- Paul Hunter (1978-2006) Snooker Player
- Alan Bennett (born 1934) Playwright
- Jacob Kramer (1982-1962) Artist
- Arnold Ziff (1927-2004) Businessman and Benefactor
- Lilian Adelaide Neilsen (1849-1880) Actress and Signer
- Sir John Deakin Heaton (1817-1880) Surgeon and Benefactor