Social History

A sepia photograph of a captain in the army

Captain James Walker Foreman

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Leeds-born Captain James Walker Foreman flew 637 hours on the front line in World War One, and survived a bullet wound from below.
1906 Ordinance survey map (published 1908)

Skating in Edwardian Leeds

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In 1909, there were 5 skating rinks in Leeds. Using historic maps, Catherine Robins has found out exactly where they were and what became of the buildings after they closed.
The Triumph Werke scooter

The Triumph Werke Scooter

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Careers For All student Abu swots us up on his favourite object in the Leeds Discovery Centre collection: the Triumph Werke scooter.
A photograph of 3 young girls. They are all wearing coats and hats and two of them are holding dolls. Two are sat on some stools.

The Howdills of Hanover Square

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Duncan McCargo has been researching the lives of The Howdill family, who lived on Hanover Square in Leeds from 1907 to 1993. The twist: they lived in the house he now lives in!
Sheet music for the The Kirkgate Hornpipe

Frank Kidson and the Sounds of Our City

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Sounds of Our City, the wonderful, shiny new exhibition has just opened at Abbey House Museum, looking at music over the centuries in Leeds.
A record with a red cover from Lloyds of Albion Place.

Record Shops in Leeds

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Discover the impressive history of record shops throughout Leeds.