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Portrait of J.R.R Tolkien (detail), (c) University of Leeds

Lunchtime Talk: J.R.R Tolkien at Leeds

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Date: Thursday 26 Oct 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Dr Alaric Hall, Lecturer in Medieval English Literature, explores Tolkien's scholarship and friendships during his time at the University of Leeds.

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Leeds University Library's Special Collections gives a unique insight into Tolkien's teaching career at the University. 

Discover how the scholarship and friendships that Tolkien formed while at Leeds University informed his creative writing - a story that involves intercontinental migration, class prejudices, and the struggles of women to be accepted as scholars.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:


For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

Dr Alaric Hall is Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at the University of Leeds. Alaric's research focuses on Britain and Scandinavia, 500-1600. He is also working on medievalism, particularly in modern Icelandic culture. For the most up-to-date information on Alaric's activities, web-resources, and publications, see http://www.alarichall.org.uk.

Sketch Club

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Date: Friday 27 Oct 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!

To Serve A Lord

Charles Carter, the Compleat Practical Cook (detail), 1730 Event icon

Date: Saturday 28 Oct 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Discover the table manners, ceremonial duties and tableware of a medieval lord at this interactive event with food historian Peter Brears.

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Contrary to popular belief, medieval table manners were highly refined and sophisticated. By combining the instruction of late medieval manners books and reproduction tablewares, this session, led by Peter Brears, will involve its audience in re-enacting the process of serving a lord in all its ceremonial detail.

Peter Brears is one of the co-curators of the 'Cooks and their Books' exhibition. A former director of Leeds City Museums and an expert on the history of food, Peter has written many books on the subject, including Traditional Food in Yorkshire. He also recreates kitchens of the past in country houses. 

This event is free but places are limited so please book in advance online: 


For information, please email gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone 0113 3439803.