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Talking Histories: Cuthbert Brodrick

October 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening with retired university lecturer, Janet Douglas, as she shines a light on Cuthbert Brodrick, the architect who designed some of the most iconic buildings in Leeds.

Some of the finest cityscapes in England are in Leeds. Amongst many architectural works of art, we proudly boast one of the grandest town halls in the country, thanks to Cuthbert Brodrick, a young and inexperienced architect from Hull. The building he designed turned out to be one of the first of the great 19th-century town halls and one that set the model for many others not only in Britain but in other parts of the Empire.

In 1852, at the age of thirty and with little experience, he won a competition to design Leeds Town Hall. Over the next decade or so, he changed the face of Leeds forever. As well as designing the iconic Leeds Town Hall he was also the architect behind the stunning Corn Exchange and the Mechanics Institute (now the City Museum).

Cuthbert Brodrick is something of an enigma. His buildings are a lasting gift to our city but he disappeared as quickly as he arrived. Four years after the last of these triumphs, he left England for France and never designed another building despite living to the age of 83.

This illustrated talk will explore Brodrick’s achievements and discuss what makes his buildings so unforgettable. It’s an opportunity to go beneath the surface and find out more about the designer whose vision and passion are evident in these buildings; treasured by all who live in our city and revered for their grandeur by visitors.

Janet was a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University teaching Politics and History. She has a particular interest in architecture and was a major contributor to ‘Building a Great Victorian City: Leeds Architects and architecture 1790-1914’.

It will be an informal evening with the opportunity to ask questions to find out about more about the architects and architecture in Leeds during this time. The bar will be open for drinks and bar snacks.

Doors open at 7:30pm and the talk starts at 8pm.


Tickets are £5 or £4 conc.

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This event has been made possible with thanks to support from Heritage Lottery Fund.


October 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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