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Past Projects and Events


Y21 Research Cluster

The Y21 Research Cluster examines the potential of socio-cultural regeneration in twenty-first century Yorkshire City Regions across inter-disciplinary fields including:

  • writing regeneration in former coalfields;
  • communities, heritage and the construction of city regions through tourism;
  • engaging black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities with socio-cultural inclusion through sport & the arts;
  • social disadvantage, cultural strategy & the European Capital of Culture bid 2023 (Leeds 2023).

Contact: Dr Katy Shaw.

Pride of Place: England's LBGTQ Heritage

Pride of Place is a ground-breaking research project exploring the relationship between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) heritage and the built environment. The project shoes how LGBTQ heritage is a fundamental part of our national heritage and seeks to improve knowledge of, and access to, this history. 

This collaborative project with Historic England investigates the buildings and places associated with LGBTQ history, including the private house of influential individuals, urban gay bars and the first UK venues to host equal marriage ceremonies.

Using innovative crowdsourcing and mapping techniques, the result is a map of England that identifies locations and landscapes across the country that hold a sometimes hidden, sometimes public, LGBTQ significance and history.

Research team:

Professor Alison Oram 

Professor Ian Strange

Justin Bengry

Dr Bronwen Edward

Claire Hayward

Robert Bevan 

More information can be found on the project web page.

An interactive map can be viewed here.

Our Criminal Past

'Our Criminal Past' is an interdisciplinary research network of academics and professionals working the criminal, legal and penal history of Britain. A series of network events brought together experts from a range of disciplines, including history, criminology, education, tourism and cultural studies, with archivists and those engaged in an educational and heritage capacity in museums and prisons. The events were a forum for discussion and debate about future strategic research planning and collaborations, the sustainability of research in relation to new technology and funding streams, and the role of individuals, communities and institutions in shaping and preserving our criminal past.
Find out more.

The Future of the Humanities, July 2016

On 4 July the Centre for the Culture & the Arts held a free on day event at the Tetley in Leeds in collaboration with Palgrave. The aim of the Future of the Humanities event was to celebrate the value of the humanities and show how important research in this areas is to our economy, society and culture.

 A full review of the event is available here. 

Caribbean Carnival Symposium, November 2014
Carnival Event.

In November 2014 the Centre for Culture & the Arts held a successful Caribbean Carnival Symposium. Organised by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall with Professor Emeritus Max Farrar it brought together a community of people involved in and interested in the Caribbean carnival, including such hugely popular events as the Notting Hill and Leeds West Indian Carnivals.

Please click here to read a full report on the event.

Centre Launch, May 2014

The Centre for Culture and the Arts was formally launched on Tuesday 20 May 2014 by Jude Kelly, OBE, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London. Highlights of the launch can be viewed below.



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