Leeds Migration Stories

Discover the colourful histories behind our city’s many communities with David Harrison.

Leeds Infirmary and the 1868 National Exhibition

In May 1968 the Leeds Infirmary (now the Leeds General Infirmary) opened its doors at its current location on Great George Street. However, its first visitors were not in need of medical attention but art lovers.

Arthur Louis Aaron: A WW2 Hero From Leeds

Uncover the heroic story of Arthur Louis Aaron: an RAF pilot from Leeds who “set an example of devotion to duty which has seldom been equaled and never surpassed”.

Dying Matters: Marking Burials

Curator of Archaeology Kat Baxter dishes the dirt on fascinating stone grave markers in the collection from burials in Leeds, going back thousands of years.

Christmas traditions from the collection

Social History Curator Nicola Pullan explores Christmas objects from the collection – from trees to pantomime Christmas may only come once a year, but in social history we have a nice collection of objects for the festive season, as people in Leeds have been celebrating for centuries. This morning I did my first ever toddler…