Leeds University Library

Light Night in the Library

Published Monday 22 September 2014

Photograph of three First World War soldiers (Liddle Collection)

Performances, exhibits and music inspired by our WW1 personal archives

Join us in the Brotherton Library and Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery on Friday 3 October for Light Night events that remember the many different voices from the First World War, with a speaking exhibition, live performances, original music and a sound and light installation.

WW1 Ghost Stories in the Brotherton Library from 7pm

The University Library holds the internationally important Liddle collection. It includes the personal papers of over 4,000 people, and their experiences of the First World War. This is a rare chance to see original material from the collection which inspires and informs our events.

From this unique material our Theatre and Performance students have devised performance pieces that bring to life the haunting stories in the collection.

The objects on display are made up of diary entries, letters between relatives and army notices. They track the war through various viewpoints, revealing intimate experiences that until now have gone unheard.

Local Leeds musicians "Tomorrow We Sail" provide original and period music exploring the experience of Britain in World War I. It draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including Vera Brittain's autobiography "Testament to Youth", as well as the writings of Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon and the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg.

The event is free and does not require tickets.

Chorus: Legacies of War at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery from 6pm

Leeds-based artist Akeelah Bertram has created a site-specific sound and light installation. "Chorus" will engulf your senses and will bring to light the physical, emotional and spiritual impacts of the First World War. It will celebrate those lost and left behind and offer a final farewell as the memories of these individuals are lifted upwards into the sounds and light of the work - into the noise and experience of the war.

Akeelah's installation piece will be complimented by a display of her preparatory works and original accounts and records within the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

The event is free and does not require tickets.

If you're interested in finding out more, check the Light Night website for details of what's happening around campus and the city.