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Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918

Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918

An exhibition exploring the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Wednesday 1 March - Monday 31 July 2017

This exhibition marks the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which changed the course of world history.

Offering a unique perspective on this violent episode, the exhibition focuses on the British community in St Petersburg, renamed Petrograd at the start of the First World War.

The community was well established from the 18th century. Several generations of families helped to develop the city's infrastructure and commerce. The Revolution in February 1917 disrupted all their lives and the Bolshevik seizure of power in October destroyed any hope for their future in Russia.

This exhibition draws on the Leeds Russian Archive, which includes eyewitness accounts in the form of diaries, letters, and photographs to explore a pivotal moment in world history. The exhibition celebrates 35 years of the Leeds Russian Archive at Special Collections in Leeds University Library. 

The exhibition is curated by Richard Davies, archivist of the Leeds Russian Archive since its establishment in 1982. 


Associated events

Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918
Opening Reception – Caught in the Russian Revolution
Wednesday 1 March 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Revolutionaries in the streets of Russia, 1917
Lunchtime Talk - Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Russia in 1917
Thursday 23 March 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Design of Main Curtain for the Theatre Play “Masquerade” by M. Lermontov, 1917. From the collection of the State Central A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum
Masquerade - 1917: Farewell to Imperial Russia
Wednesday 26 April 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
Museums at Night 2016 Logo
Museums at Night: Caught in the Russian Revolution
Friday 19 May 2017 18:00 - 21:00
Leeds University Library Galleries - Parkinson Building
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Chris Sheppard lecture: Helen Rappaport 'Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917'
Thursday 25 May 2017 17:30 - 18:30
Edward Boyle Library, conference room
Sculpture of Marx and Engels
Talk - Russian Art and the Revolution
Wednesday 21 June 2017 13:00 - 14:00
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