Explore Leeds’s rich heritage

BUZZING: Laney Birkhead with her installation at the Swarm exhibition.
BUZZING: Laney Birkhead with her installation at the Swarm exhibition.
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People can explore the world on their doorstep during this year’s Heritage Open Days.

With more than 120 events, Leeds will serve up one of the country’s biggest programmes as part of England’s largest grass roots heritage festival.

From September 7 to 10, experts and volunteers will lift the lid on the city’s past through presentations, walks and tours and introduce people to aspects of Leeds’ heritage rarely accessible to the public.

Lynda Kitching, coordinator of Heritage Open Days for Leeds, 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.”

This year’s national themes celebrate 50 years since the passing of the Civic Amenities Act and the Sexual Offences Act.

People can visit exhibitions, access special collections at some of the city’s libraries, enjoy family events, discover places of worship, houses and villas and explore Leeds’ industrial and commercial heritage as well as get behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries, Hyde Park Picture House and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Among the buildings opening their doors will be: Sunny Bank Mills, St Saviour’s Church, Morley Town Hall, Makkah Masjid Mosque, The Queens and Quebecs hotels and Chapel FM.

Visitors to Skelton Grange Environment Centre can wonder at the Swarm exhibition which has been inspired by bees, wildflowers and the natural environment, using materials reflecting Leeds’ industrial heritage. Full details can be found at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk.