Yorkshire: Identitites and Insights

In January we will be launching our Snapshot of Yorkshire exhibition. The exhibition is going to be looking at Yorkshire as a county, how people identify with the county, and of course we want to celebrate everything that is good about it. So that we can include as wide a range of subjects as possible, we’ve been asking people to complete our Yorkshire survey. We are then going to be looking at all the responses to see what people think about their Yorkshire, and to try and give a broad impression of what people think. If you fancy giving us your opinion, you can join in here: www.leeds.gov.uk/yorkshiresurvey

Over the next few months I’m hoping to publish a few blog posts looking at some of the data a bit more closely. From looking at which TV programmes people associate with Yorkshire to finding out what Yorkshire dialect is still being used by people on a regular basis, there will be lots to choose from. And of course, you can come along to the exhibition from January 25th 2014 to find out more!

If you are a budding photographer, you may also be interested in our Snapshot of Yorkshire photography competition – for more information please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/yorkshireexhibition The winning photographs will be on display at Abbey House throughout 2014 as part of the wider Snapshot of Yorkshire exhibition.

Just to round off, here are a couple of nice quotes about Yorkshire identity that we have already had in response to the survey:

One response on the character of Yorkshire folk: “Traditionally they’re seen as dour, old-fashioned, hardy people. That’s true to an extent, but Yorkshire people are also upfront, with a dry sense of humour and a relaxed attitude to life.” – Elizabeth Williams, Yorkshire Survey respondent, 2013.

And to finish, a quote on whether you have to be born in Yorkshire to identify as a Yorkshire person: “Anyone who makes themselves at home here, and loves the place should be welcome to describe themselves as Yorkshire.” – Angela Maller, Yorkshire Survey respondent, 2013.

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