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Arthur Louis Aaron

The Last Flight of Arthur Louis Aaron

In this centenary year of the Royal Air Force, it seems an appropriate time to look into the heroic story of Acting Flight Sergeant Arthur Louis Aaron V. C. The only Leeds recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.

Beckett Park

An Elusive Suffragette

On the afternoon of 13 July 1913, the great and the good of Leeds society sat in the newly completed Great Hall at the City of Leeds Training College at Beckett Park.

David Handley, centre wearing glasses, with Fairfax friends in 1961

Becoming a Teacher

Guest blogger, David Handley, shares his thoughts and provides a snapshot of life training to be a teacher at the City of Leeds Training College from 1959 to 1961 – Archivepost

Henry Moore’s exam results in Modelling, 1921

Moore…than meets the eye, revisited

Exploring archive material found in our Archive and Special Collections at Leeds Beckett reveals more than meets the eye about Leeds Beckett’s association with the original Leeds College of Art and sculptor Henry Moore.

Leeds Polytechnic

Leeds Arts in the 1970s

Guest blogger Professor Gavin Butt, Attenborough Chair in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Sussex, writes about his project dealing with the relationship of Leeds arts schools and bands – Archivepost.

The Mystery of William Waud

In the Summer of 1907 Ernest Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe, began negotiations with Leeds Corporation to sell Kirkstall Grange.

Headingley Campus

A Walk in The Park

On our Headingley Campus, some of us take lunchtime walks in Churchwood and Queenswood, venturing that little bit further onto West Park Fields or into Beckett Park. Among the dog walkers and the echo of trains in the valley below, backgrounded by the rumble of perpetual traffic like a far-off sea.

Beckett Park and the German Prisoners of War

Guest blogger Alan Roberts writes about a little-known aspect of our Headingley Campus during WW1 – Archivepost.

Carnegie... in the beginning

This June will see the inaugural Carnegie School of Sport Reunion held on our Headingley Campus. To help celebrate the occasion I’ve written a little piece about the early History of Carnegie College.

Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) held at Beckett Park

Children of the World…in The Grange

The Grange has played host to many during its long history, one event that is little known comes from its relatively recent history. During the Summer of 1969, Leeds teacher Martyn Fisher was Director of the Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) held at Beckett Park.

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