Leeds Corn Exchange unearths stunning antique photos in celebration of Heritage Open Days
10 & 11 September 2016
In celebration of Heritage Open Days, one of Leeds’s stunning and most recognisable buildings, Leeds Corn Exchange, is set to collaborate with The Gallery at Munro House this September to showcase some antique images of the building and surrounding area.
On Saturday 10th September at 11am, visitors can take a guided walk up Kirkgate with Leeds Civic Trust, focusing on the mesmerising Medieval and Georgian architecture, finishing at the Corn Exchange where visitors can go inside and visit the display. The images will show the building in its original form as a corn market and give an insight into the daily life of the people and businesses around the Corn Exchange in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Rod Witton, director of property management at Savills, who are responsible for Leeds Corn Exchange commented, “Leeds Corn Exchange is an iconic building which is bursting with heritage and history. We love this building and we’re really proud of the original features such as the striking domed roof and this display is a great chance to see some beautiful historic photos that haven’t been shown publicly for years. We hope that everyone will enjoy visiting to see first-hand what makes Leeds Corn Exchange so special.”
Ellie Andrews, director of the independent Gallery at Munro House added, “The opportunity to collaborate on a cultural project with such an iconic Leeds building was an easy one for us and it’s been a really enjoyable creative task to work on. I can’t wait to show these beautiful images to the public, and for them to have an insight into Leeds Corn Exchange’s heritage.”
Leeds Corn Exchange will also be hosting a live drawing session as part of the heritage celebrations. Ilkley-based artist Accidental Vix, who creates stunning illustrations of Leeds buildings and also produces a Corn Exchange print which is exclusive to The Great Yorkshire Shop, will be sitting for the sketching session on Sunday 11th September. Vix will sketch a one-off illustration of the stunning domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange, which will then be available to buy in The Great Yorkshire Shop.
Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is the UK’s largest annual heritage festival. Every year over four days in September, thousands of events take place across the country to celebrate Britain’s treasured heritage, with walks, talks and family-friendly activities sweeping the nation.
Leeds Corn Exchange opened in 1863, at the height of the Victorian era. Designed by world-renowned architect from Hull, Cuthbert Brodrick, it operated as a traditional Corn Exchange, selling corn, wheat, barley and hops until the early 1990s. The breath-taking building is now known as the home of independent shopping in the city almost 30 boutique shops, cafes and beauty businesses call it home and it is the venue for regular events and fairs.