Events and activities in Leeds

Owl lantern at the British Library's Light Night Leeds 2021 installation. Credit: Abbie Jennings

Enjoy cultural and learning activities in and around Leeds.

For more than 50 years our Boston Spa site in Yorkshire has been home to 70% of our collection, employing nearly 600 staff.

Today we’re working with local people and partners to open up our collections through new events and learning activities in Leeds following the announcement of funding to establish a major new public space in Leeds

Jill McKnight: Desire Lines

See our new collaborative exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, developed by the artist Jill McKnight in response to our collections. Closes 16 October 2022.

Find out more.

Aged 11-14 and living in Leeds?

Be part of a new, free creative arts project in Beeston and Holbeck. You’ll work with artists, learn new skills, earn an Arts Award and travel around Yorkshire and to London.

For further information contact

Revisit the industrial revolution at Leeds City Museum 

Living with Machines, the first major Library exhibition to be hosted in Leeds, is now open at Leeds City Museum. This free exhibition sheds fresh light on the Industrial Revolution by exploring how advances in technology impacted the lives of ordinary people.

Closes 8 January 2023.

Image credit: Abbie Jennings.

Series events

Simon Armitage and Olive Senior
Special Event

Laureate to Laureate: Olive Senior & Simon Armitage