A map of Leeds in the 18th century.

Talk: Leeds in 1821 with Rachael Unsworth

Date/Time

02 December 2021

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Venue Leeds City Museum

Tags Adult, Event, Talk, Young People,

Book a FREE ticket to this talk about Leeds in 1821 with Rachael Unsworth.

In the late 18th century, a few Leeds men tried to form a Philosophical and Literary Society. The time wasn’t quite right and it didn’t get off the ground. By 1819, in the thick of the ‘industrial revolution’, there was a sufficient head of steam and the founders quickly commissioned their own building.

The Philosophical Hall in Park Row opened in 1821 and provided a lecture theatre, library and museum – the predecessor of today’s Leeds City Museum. Who were the men who founded the ‘Phil & Lit’? How did they fit into the economic, social and political scene of the times? What role did the Society play in the Georgian town?

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