Sociable History


A new club for over 55s

Meeting monthly at Leeds City Museum, the Sociable History club offers monthly talks and the chance to meet fellow history lovers. We hold a diverse range of talks, from stories of celebrated Leeds residents to the fascinating histories of Leeds institutions.

Sociable History is the sister group to the 1152 Club at Kirkstall Abbey Museum.

For all history lovers who like a bit of socialising too!

All talks take place from 10:30 - 11:30am, and are free to attend, with free refreshments included. No need to book!

Upcoming Talks

Friday 2nd November

History of Middeton Railway with Ian Smith (Middleton Railway)

Friday 7th December
Leeds Museums - Collecting the World with Adam Jaffer (Curator of World Cultures)

Using examples from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, this talk will demonstrate Leeds’ connections to the world through trade, mission work, travel and curiosity. It will highlight some of the stories we can tell about different societies and illustrate the development of Leeds’ World Cultures collection, one of the most significant civic anthropology collections in England.

Friday 11th January 2019
The Undercover Story: The History of M&S Lingerie with the M&S Company Archivist

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of ABCD bra cup sizes at M&S, and that’s not the only big lingerie innovation reaching a significant anniversary this year. Looking back at the history of lingerie at M&S, this talk traces changing styles through the decades, from the garments sold at M&S in the 1920s to the latest M&S lingerie innovations.

Friday 8th February 2019
'The King of Scotland Born in Leeds'  with Leeds Waits
The Leeds Waits and friends present, with words and music, the story of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, son of the Earl of Lennox and born at Temple Newsam. We follow his move to Edinburgh, his whirlwind romance and marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots, his tempestuous short period as King Consort of Scotland, his early death by assassination, and the subsequent tragic life of his widow ended by the executioner's axe.

Friday 8th March 2019
'Pot Luck' with Nicola Pullan (Assistant Curator of Social History)

Come along for a chance to find out about some of the ceramics in the Social History collections, how they were used, who made them and what they might have meant to people. 



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