Leeds University Library

September at the Galleries

Published Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cooks and their Books exhibit

Cookery Books, Lord Brotherton's legacy, life drawing, Leeds food history

Exhibition Celebration: Cooks and their Books

Date: Tuesday 5 Sep 2017
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Cost: Free

Join us after-hours for the opening of our special exhibition, 'Cooks and their Books,' with free refreshments.
Everyone is invited to the celebration for the latest special exhibition at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

This exhibition showcases highlights from the Cookery Collection, established in 1939 when Blanche Legat Leigh donated her cookery books to Leeds University Library. See items including Renaissance texts illustrating kitchen furniture and utensils, the first edition of Beeton's Book of Household Management, and more.


Heritage Open Days: Brotherton, books and buildings

Date: Friday 8 Sep 2017
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Today Leeds University Library Special Collections contains some of the most outstanding collections of books, manuscripts and archival material in the country. How did they get here?

Join us at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery to find out about Lord Brotherton - industrialist, politician and philanthropist, who devoted time to collecting books, archives and manuscripts in the 1920s.

At this talk for Heritage Open Days, discover more about Lord Brotherton's extraordinary legacy, and how it continues to this day. The talk will cover how Lord Brotherton's bequests to the University of Leeds led to the building of the University's first purpose-built library, the Brotherton Library, and eventually to the development of Special Collections in the 1990s.  The talk will conclude with a focus on how Special Collections continues to care for historic, fragile and often unique material so that these wonderful resources can be made available for years to come. 


Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

Date: Saturday 9 Sep 2017
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Cost: £10, booking required

Join us in our monthly Life Drawing class with Gallery favourite and experienced artist and tutor, Rob Oldfield. 

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills.
Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading our life drawing classes since August 2014 and everyone is a fan! 

Rob is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years as well as teaching life drawing to his students. As a tutor, Rob encourages, advises and listens so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.

Suitable for ages 16 +

Please note there is a £10 charge for this workshop.


Public Talk: A Taste of Leeds

Date: Thursday 21 Sep 2017
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Join food historian Peter Brears as he reveals the contrasting diets of local residents in Georgian and Victorian Leeds.

Food is essential for maintaining life, but its quality, quantity and the ways in which it is prepared and served are largely dependent on income and fashion. Using evidence from Georgian and Victorian Leeds, food historian Peter Brears reveals the different things the town's social groups ate, from the starvation diets of the poor to the banquets of the wealthy.

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


Prize-giving: FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2017

Date: Wednesday 27 Sep 2017
Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Cost: Free

Official announcement of the winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2017, with artist talk to follow.
Join us for a glass of wine to congratulate the winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2017.

The judges have made their decision and the official announcement will be made at this evening event at the Gallery. The winner of the People's Choice Award will also be revealed.
The winning artist will then offer a short artist talk, with time for questions.

Exhibition- Cooks and their Books: Collecting Cookery Books in Leeds

Friday 1 September 2017 - Wednesday 31 January 2018

An exhibition showcasing highlights from the University Library Cookery Collection.

Discover how recipes have been copied, compiled and collected through the centuries and learn how attitudes to food have changed over time. This exhibition showcases highlights from the Cookery Collection, established in 1939 when Blanche Legat Leigh donated her cookery books to Leeds University Library. 

Items on display include Renaissance texts illustrating kitchen furniture and utensils and the first edition of Beeton's Book of Household Management.

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