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Postcard of 'Skint' by Gilbert Ashcroft


On the evening of 17 February 1916, Gilbert Ashcroft sent a postcard to his mother Hannah thanking her for a recent parcel and a letter he had received just that day.

The 1962 Leeds College of Art  prospectus cover

From Bauhaus to Basic Design

One hundred years ago, in the April 1919 Bauhaus manifesto, the architect Walter Gropius wrote ‘Architects, sculptors, painters—we all must return to craftsmanship!’

Ethel Gray (front), Zoe Walford and Gertrude Clapham (standing) with Richard Parker (behind).

Remembering Miss Gray

To mark International Women's Day on Friday 8 March, Keith Rowntree explores the life of a long forgotten member of staff at the City of Leeds Training College.

Historical picture of student doing PE

Lesser-known uses of the Archive: An Academic Librarian’s view

Academic Librarian Laurence Morris, guest blogs about his experiences concerning the University's Archive and Special Collections.

Hunt picture frame

Ruskin's Gift

John Ruskin was born on the 8 February 1819, 200 years ago. To commemorate his bicentenary Keith Rowntree explores the links between the celebrated art critic and Leeds School of Art. 

Gorilla statue

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.

The real le queux

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.

Kong Kunpaya

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.

Picture frame gallery

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.

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