Show marks Leeds engineer’s work

Five men with an electrical motor in the electrical department of John Fowler & Co. (Leeds) Ltd. taken around the turn of the century.
Five men with an electrical motor in the electrical department of John Fowler & Co. (Leeds) Ltd. taken around the turn of the century.
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An exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of John Fowler, an agricultural engineer from Leeds who was famous for inventing the steam plough is being launched later this month.

Fowler’s factory on Leathley Road, Hunslet, produced its first engine in 1862 and employed more than 900 workers within four years. The Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills will run the exhibition, which opens later this month, to mark 150 year since the engineer’s death.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “As part of the exhibition we’ve raided the Leeds Museums and Galleries to find a range of fantastic Fowler related pieces, which will sit aside objects from other lenders, including the Museum of English Rural life.”

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