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Helen Rappaport

Chris Sheppard lecture: Helen Rappaport 'Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917'

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Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Location: Edward Boyle Library, conference room

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

Cost: Free, booking required

Leeds University Library is delighted to announce that Helen Rappaport will deliver the second Chris Sheppard lecture at 5:30 pm on Thursday 25 May 2017 in the conference room, Edward Boyle Library

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Helen Rappaport is an alumna of the University of Leeds and will receive an Honorary doctorate in July 2017 in recognition of her outstanding work promulgating academic and popular history. Helen has written 14 books mainly on Victorian and Russian subjects, including Four Sisters, an internationally bestselling biography of the four Romanov Grand Duchesses, the daughters of Nicholas II, which was a Sunday Times bestseller in non-fiction, a New York Times Top 20 non-fiction title for 12 weeks and the Good Reads Best History and Biography 2014 award winner.

Helen will lecture on the subject of her latest book with a Russian theme, Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917, a compelling account of foreign eyewitnesses of the Russian revolution in 1917, which is also enjoying success here and in the USA and has sold foreign rights to 10 territories. In her book Helen draws on material from the Leeds Russian Archive and with her permission the Leeds Russian Archive's exhibition marking the centenary of the Russian revolution is called Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918 (Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, 1 March-31 July 2017). Helen's lecture coincides with and celebrates the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Leeds Russian Archive on 25 May 1982.


Yorkshire Year of the Textile Celebration

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Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Location: Nathan Bodington Chamber, Parkinson Court

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Inspired by Yorkshire's rich textile heritage, Yorkshire Year of the Textile has focused on creativity, innovation and new research. Join us for this final event in our year-long programme

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All are welcome to the final event in our year-long celebration of textiles, with panel discussions, poetry readings and private view of a key commission.

We invite you to celebrate with us our Yorkshire Year of the Textile programme, focusing on creativity, innovation and new research.


Yorkshire Year of the Textile symposium

2pm - 5pm

Hear artists, working across a range of disciplines from poetry to sculpture, reflect on their experiences responding creatively to the region's rich heritage of textiles. The panel will be chaired by art historian Professor Ann Sumner, whose research into Mitzi Cunliffe has provided a foundation for the Yorkshire Year of the Textile project.

You can also take part in a conversation with curators, makers and industry specialists, to discuss ways of celebrating Yorkshire's textile heritage, and how we innovate for the future.

We will close the symposium with a reading of a specially-commissioned poem by Malika Booker.

Reception and launch of Man-Made Re-Made


5pm onwards

Celebrate the opening of Kate Goldsworthy's Man-Made Re-Made with a glass of wine, and hear the inaugural reading of Rommi Smith's specially-commissioned poem, Woman-Made & Re-Made.

These two artists have collaborated to commemorate Mitzi Cunliffe's life and work, responding to her monumental sculpture Man-Made Fibres (1956), sited above the Clothworkers South building, home to textile design at the University of Leeds.
While Kate's spectacular hanging installation considers the life cycles of materials, based on her research into sustainability and textile design, poet Rommi Smith has been inspired by phenomenological ideas of making the self through the process of making art.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential:


For further information please contact the Cultural Institute by email: culturalinstitute@leeds.ac.uk


Sketch Club

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Date: Friday 26 May 2017

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 12:30 - 15:30

Cost: Free, no booking required

Drop in and draw with us every Friday afternoon.

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Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone and all materials will be provided.

Each week, we will have a different 'Friday Focus' so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before.

Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.

No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!