East Leeds Heritage Centre Open Days - 2008

It's coming up to that time of year again when buildings and institutions all over the city open their doors to the general public to allow them to have a peek behind the scenes.

As usual the East Leeds Heritage Centre based in Cross Gates library will be participating in this event. Although the Heritage Centre is normally open to the public, what is different for the Open Days is that the society's archives, maps and photographs, not normally available to the public, will be made accessible to all.
Volunteers from the society will be on hand to show what is available and help with any queries people may have about the East Leeds area. The society will also be running children's quiz and colouring competitions with prizes available to all who enter. The adults won't be left out either as there will be some giveaways for them too! There will also be the opportunity to purchase the society's publications, which are not available in shops.

This year there are two new displays in the Heritage Centre which may prove of interest - children's toys and games from the 50's and 60's and a tribute to the city's Victoria Cross heroes. This display is particularly poignant during this year, the 90th anniversary of the ending of the 1914-18 War, and interestingly includes details of two Leeds VC holders, Major Samuel Meekosha and Colonel Richard Kirby Ridgeway, whose names, for some reason, do not appear on the Leeds VC memorial situated outside the Art Gallery.

The Heritage Centre Open Days will run on Friday 12th September from 2.00pm until 4.00pm and Saturday 13th September from 10.00am until 3.00pm. Come along and see what is on offer - you may be surprised and will be made very welcome.