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!

Our club for older visitors continues this season with lots of exciting talks. Find out about Thomas Chippendale, a history of fashion at M&S, and the Leeds Flood of 2015. 

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 16th March
An introduction to Chippendale and his work, especially his commissions in Yorkshire 

With Ruth Martin, Curator of Exhibitions.

Friday 27th April
A talk by Stephanie Davies about the family connection of Florence Nightingale to Lotherton Hall and her involvement with the design of Leeds General Infirmary

Florence worked closely with Sir Douglas Galton, the father of Gwendolen Gascoigne, developing and designing safe hospitals.  According to Florence Nightingale, Sir Douglas Galton was the first person who ‘brought sanitary into Engineering’.  He became Florence’s right- hand man, first in the design of military hospitals and then General Hospitals including Leeds General Infirmary.  Free, drop in.  Free refreshments.

Friday 11th May
Flood! A presentation by Chris Sharp, Assistant Community Curator at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

During his talk Chris will display a powerful selection of photos and stories gathered from the community affected by the 2015 ‘Boxing Day’ Floods in Leeds. The floods hit large numbers of properties both residential and commercial. Armley Mills itself was partly submerged under 8 feet of water.

Friday 1st June 
Reformation and Resistance in Sixteenth-Century Yorkshire 

With Dr Helen Frisby from the University of Bristol.

Friday 13th July
Dressed in Time: A History of Fashion at M&S with the M&S Company Archive

Looking back at the history of clothing at M&S, this talk traces changing fashions and styles through the decades, from the garments sold at M&S in the 1920s, to wartime fashion, miniskirts, power dressing and the latest clothing innovations. 

Friday 3rd August
Beavers to Weavers

With Rebecca Machin, Curator of Natural Sciences.

Friday 7th September
An introduction to the Natural Sciences Collection

With Clare Brown, Curator of Natural Sciences.



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