Leeds University Library

Special donation supports Leeds charity

Published Wednesday 15 June 2016

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Special Collections team donate unique auction prize

In March the Special Collections team at the Brotherton Library donated a 'money can't buy' prize for a charity auction raising money for Leeds-based charity Phoenix Health and Wellbeing

The behind the scenes tour of the Special Collections plus a private guided tour of the recently opened Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery was auctioned and won by highest bidder, Joseph McCullough. 

Joseph, a Leeds-based lawyer visited the library for his prize experience in June. Collections and Engagement Manager, Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis led Joseph on the tour. He viewed and handled medieval manuscripts, an Elizabethan atlas, a jewel-bound first edition of Keats' poems and many other treasures besides. This was followed by a guided tour of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

The prize contributed to a grand total of £7,000 that was raised at the 'One Night in Vegas' charity ball held in Leeds in March. Phoenix Health and Wellbeing provides counselling and therapies for people with chronic mental and physical health problems. The money raised will enable Phoenix to offer 230 fully-funded treatment sessions to people with chronic health issues.

Joseph wrote to the Special Collections team following his experience to thank them. He said, "I had a great time and learnt a lot! It was definitely worth the money."

Rhiannon said, "I was more than happy to support such a worthy cause and it was a pleasure showing Joseph and his guest Victoria around. I picked some of my favourite items for them to look at in the Brotherton Room,  and after talking about the challenges of looking after such rare and valuable items I gave them a tour of our new Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery".

The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery showcases precious books, manuscripts and letters belonging to the University of Leeds. It is located in the iconic Parkinson Building and open to the public free of charge Mondays 1-5pm and Tuesday to Saturdays 10am-5pm.