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Aping History

Guest blogger James Fisher investigates the fascinating story behind a little known big sculpture.

A previous post highlighted the somewhat forgotten history between Leeds Beckett University and the original Leeds College of Art, and consequently the University’s legitimate claim of Henry Moore as part of its heritage. Moore’s legacy in Yorkshire is extensive, a permanence which is especially apparent with the eponymous Henry Moore Institute located on The Headrow in central Leeds.


Success Against the Odds

Guest blogger Alan Roberts continues his occasional series of lesser-known stories relating to the 2nd Northern General Hospital - Keith Rowntree 



This November marks the centenary of Armistice Day the beginning of the end of World War One hostiles. In the years that followed, towns, villages, businesses and institutions across Great Britain began a process of remembrance.


Student from the Land of Smiles

Kong Kunpaya may very well be the first international student at our University; certainly, he is one of the first.


Heritage Days

As commemorations of the Great War draw to a close during 2018, the University’s Archive and Special Collections continue to exhibit photographs of the 2nd Northern General Hospital that occupied the buildings at Beckett Park from 1914 until 1927.

Arthur Louis Aaron

The Last Flight of Arthur Louis Aaron

In this centenary year of the Royal Air Force, it seems an appropriate time to look into the heroic story of Acting Flight Sergeant Arthur Louis Aaron V. C. The only Leeds recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.

Beckett Park

An Elusive Suffragette

On the afternoon of 13 July 1913, the great and the good of Leeds society sat in the newly completed Great Hall at the City of Leeds Training College at Beckett Park.

David Handley, centre wearing glasses, with Fairfax friends in 1961

Becoming a Teacher

Guest blogger, David Handley, shares his thoughts and provides a snapshot of life training to be a teacher at the City of Leeds Training College from 1959 to 1961 – Keith Rowntree.

Henry Moore’s exam results in Modelling, 1921

Moore…than meets the eye, revisited

Exploring archive material found in our Archive and Special Collections at Leeds Beckett reveals more than meets the eye about Leeds Beckett’s association with the original Leeds College of Art and sculptor Henry Moore.

Leeds Polytechnic

Leeds Arts in the 1970s

Guest blogger Professor Gavin Butt, Attenborough Chair in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Sussex, writes about his project dealing with the relationship of Leeds arts schools and bands – Keith Rowntree.

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