Social History

The Children of the 1891 Fancy Dress Ball: The Scarborough Loe’s

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The first in a series exploring the children who attended the Juvenile Fancy Dress Ball at Leeds Town Hall in 1891.

Chimney Sweep Portraits in the Social History Collection

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Explore the portraits in our 'Sweepiana' collection of items relating to chimney sweeps with Leila Prescott.

Heart of a Lion and the Hands of a Lady: Lord Moynihan of Leeds

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Discover the story of the famous Leeds surgeon, Lord Moynihan, who had 'the heart of a lion and the hands of a lady'. 
Black and white cartoon of the Rival Shows. You can see a big crowd around three stages. Men are standing on the stage giving speeches and they have been illustrated with big heads

Elections Through our Collections

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Explore how parliamentary elections in Leeds have changed over the last three centuries through our collections.
an image of an old cardboard box with "Two dozen Bray xxx inverted gas mantles" printed in red. Next to it is a small inverted mantle.

Lighting up Leeds: The Story of George Bray & Co

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Discover the history behind Leeds businessman George Bray, the 19th century gas lighting pioneer who changed the face of Britain.