Leeds University Library

The Yorkshire Pals - Pop Up Exhibition

Published 06 June 2016

The Yorkshire Pals Pop Up Exhibition

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery will be hosting a pop up exhibition from the York Army Museum

1 August - 25 August 2016

This pop-up exhibition explores the stories of local Yorkshiremen who joined the British Army at the start of the First World War. Follow their tale throughout the four years of the conflict, and the impact their experience had on the region. 

This display by Hannah Rogers, curator at the York Army Museum, looks at the experiences of men from Leeds, Bradford and Hull - the "Yorkshire Pals". 

Hannah will be presenting a talk in August to accompany the exhibition. We will also be organising "show and tell" sessions looking more closely at objects from Special Collections. Further details will be posted here.

The Leeds Pals have a special connection to Leeds University Library. Sir Edward Allen Brotherton, the Library's greatest benefactor and Lord Mayor of Leeds personally bore the cost of raising and equipping the Leeds Pals. Of the more than 900 men recruited from Leeds, it is believed 750 perished on the same day in the same hour on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1917.

Associated events

The Yorkshire Pals Events
The Yorkshire Pals - Curator's Talk
Thursday 4 August 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court