Three people pose with a Leeds Rhinos mascot

#DYC On the pitch, off the pitch: Sporting Heritage in Leeds

#DYC On the pitch, off the pitch – collecting sport in Leeds is a National Lottery Heritage Fund project recognising the important place of sport in the culture of Leeds. It will increase representation of sports in Leeds Museums and Galleries and across the City and create connections between collections and the city’s public spaces. 

We’ll be sharing our progress, outputs and collections on this page. 

You can already see: 

  • Blogs about our sports collections 
  • Photographs from past outreach events run with the Sporting Heritage volunteers 
  • Photographs of objects we’ve collected as part of this project 

You can expect to see: 

  • Photographs of murals and sculptures featuring sport from around City 
  • Photographs of club signs from sports clubs across Leeds 
  • Photographs from more outreach events run with the Sporting Heritage volunteers 
  • Photographs of even more sports objects collected as part of the project 
  • Blogs about collections and Leeds sports 
  • Oral histories from people involved in sport in Leeds 
  • Films featuring different outdoor activities across the City 

Do you have an idea of a sports club or person we should be focussing on with this project? Or do you want to become part of our volunteer steering group? Get in touch with Project Curator Catherine Robins [email protected] 

Sports Art Photography

Photographs of murals and sculptures relating to sport from across the City, taken in 2022. We wanted to find a way of representing some of the brilliant sport inspired public art across Leeds in the collections. Hover over the images below to enlarge them. 

Sports Sign Photography

Photographs of sports club signs from across the City, taken in 2022. We wanted to find a way of representing some sports clubs and their public presence in the collections. Hover over the images below to enlarge them. 

Project Blog Posts

Below is a collection of blog posts created by contributors to the #DYC On the Pitch project. Explore them, and check back soon for more.

Skating in Edwardian Leeds – Blog about the roller skating craze of 1908 – 1911 in the UK and the rinks in Leeds.

Poppy Wingate: Temple Newsam’s Golfing PioneerBlog about Poppy Whingate, a golfer from Leeds. 

Football WorksBlog about a factory in Leeds centre which produced footballs. 

Boxer’s Belt – Blog about the roller skating craze of 1908 – 1911 in the UK and the rinks in Leed

Powerchairs in SportBlog about Powerchair football and the authors experience of it. 

The Boxer’s Belt – The interesting case of the unknown owner of a famous Boxing belt.