About Leeds Blog

A space for conversation and collaboration in Leeds

Welcome to the About Leeds Blog

Hosted by Leeds Civic Trust, this is a creative space for anyone with something to say about Leeds – from its earliest days to the 2030s and beyond – to put forward their views for discussion and debate. Read more about our plans for the blog in the opening post as Martin Hamilton Launches the About Leeds Blog >>>


From Leeds to Jutland

Duncan McCargo shares his archive research following Charles Barker Howdill’s journey to Jutland in 1911. Charles B. Howdill (1863–1941) was a Leeds architect and photographer, who travelled extensively on the European continent before the First World War. One of the first to exhibit colour images at the Royal Photographic Society, he gave hundreds of ‘magic lantern’ shows all over England about the places he had photographed, including Jutland.

Why driving with hand controls will change my life…

Gem Turner – a local disabled blogger and consultant – shares her experiences of being a young disabled woman and the life-changing effect of taking control of her own Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.

Leeds: a sense of place in the city

Rob Kilner reflects on the essence of the city, through Leeds’ geography, history and built environment, which form a unique sense of place in the present day.

Welcome to the About Leeds blog

Martin Hamilton, Director of Leeds Civic Trust, introduces the new AboutLeeds blog – a space for sharing your ideas about life in Leeds and how our city should evolve in the future.

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