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Treasures of the Brotherton


Leeds University have recently opened their new Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. This is a permanent exhibition displaying artefacts drawn from the University’s extensive Special Collections Department. The gallery will also house temporary exhibitions, again using material from Special Collections. The Gallery are also developing a series of regular talks and events, open to the public. Entitled Tuesday Treasures, they take place on Tuesdays (oddly enough!) in the Sheppard Room. The latter is adjacent to the Gallery in the Parkinson Building, University of Leeds.

Exploring Arthur Ransome’s Treasures

As you may know, the Leeds’ archives include the bulk of Arthur Ransome’s literary papers and some associated artefacts. Arthur Ransome’s Literary Executors deposited them there in the 1970s.

We understand that Treasures of the Brotherton’s forthcoming exhibition,  Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917—1918 will include some of Ransome’s material. It promises to be a fascinating insight into that tumultuous period in Arthur Ransome’s life, as well as an opportunity to view some of the material usually stored out of sight.

Caught in the Russian Revolution will be open from 1 March to the end of July. Admission is free to both the permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The Gallery’s Tuesday Treasure for 14 February will focus on children’s literature. It will be a “show and tell” session hosted by several experts, rather than a formal lecture.  If you are near the University, it will be a rare opportunity to see and discuss original Ransome material. This will include an opportunity to see and discuss some of Arthur Ransome, Clifford Webb and Steven Spurrier’s artwork for Swallows and Amazons, Swallowdale and Peter Duck.

The 14 February Tuesday Treasure will be open from 12.00—14.00.

The Gallery’s website will have full details of these and future events in due course.


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