90 landmarks to open in Leeds as part of Heritage Open Days

BEHIND THE SCENES: Meryll Wilford, Linda Kitchen, Coun Richard Lewis, Kevin Grady and Janine  Martin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
BEHIND THE SCENES: Meryll Wilford, Linda Kitchen, Coun Richard Lewis, Kevin Grady and Janine Martin. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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FANCY seeing what a Victorian street party looks like? Or how about wandering round some of the city’s oldest and grandest mansions?

The annual heritage open days event, backed by Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds City Council, has been successful in encouraging the owners, managers and guardians of historic buildings, green and hidden spaces, libraries, museums and places of worship to show them off free of charge.

It is one of the country’s largest Heritage Open Days events.

Lynda Kitching, chair of Leeds Civic Trust said: “Once again, so many volunteers, building owners and organisations have responded to our call to become involved in Heritage Open Days.

“It is a great opportunity to show off the fantastic, varied heritage throughout the Leeds area. With 90 events, I believe everyone will find something of interest during the four days.”

There will be guided walks along the city centre waterfront, following the ‘Blue Plaques’ trail, two around Leeds University’s campus – showing its architecture and public art, whilst in the suburbs and outer towns, you can learn about Shadwell, Wetherby, Guiseley, Clifford, Rothwell, Morley and walk along Woodhouse Ridge and Roundhay Park’s Geology Trail.

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There’ll be tours of Beckett Street, Holbeck and Lawnswood cemeteries with their fascinating stories of Leeds people.

Exhibitions will reveal how the city centre has changed over the last 50 years, with displays on show in Wortley and at the M&S Archive at the University of Leeds.

Discover some fascinating books with access to the special collections of the Brotherton Library, Leeds Central and Armley libraries.

Be amazed at records of Fountains Abbey at the West Yorkshire Archive HQ in Morley and those poignant pictures at the High Royds Memorial Chapel.

There is plenty to entertain youngsters at the Grand Arcade Street Party (Until September 13), the Grand Theatre and St John’s Church Farsley, and in Otley at the Courthouse. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, try Fulneck’s Moravian Settlement, Pudsey, the M&S Archive and Leeds Museums’ Discovery Centre.

All events run until Sunday Septemberr 13. Full details can be found at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

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