Three men standing by a green train in Sierra Leone

West Riding to West Africa

Date/Time: 25 May 2024 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Price: Included with admission

Tues – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat–Sun: 12 – 5pm

Join us for a family-friendly day exploring the incredible story of how engineering linked West Yorkshire and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Activities will include:
    • a pop-up exhibition from the Friends of the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum
    • a display of models by William Bickers-Jones of locomotives made in Leeds for the Sierra Leone Government Railway.
    • a talk by Helen Ashby, Chair of the Friends of the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum – ‘Leeds to Sierra Leone – the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum’
    • a talk by John McGoldrick, Curator of Industrial History at Leeds Industrial Museum, – ‘Leeds’s Engines of Empire’, exploring the colonial legacies of the city’s links with Britain’s former colonies.
    • railway films in our ‘Palace Picture Hall’ 1930s cinema.
    • children’s activities.

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