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Workshop/Course, Sat 9 Jun 2018


Risk, Safety and the City

Risk, Safety and the City


In 1874 Edward Grayham, a railway shunter from Armley, was crushed to death while uncoupling some of the waggons of a luggage train, after he inadvertently signalled to the driver to start the engines. Was the accident his fault, or that of the driver? Or was it an example of wider failures in safety measures on the railways? Or was it just a really unfortunate incident?

Our understanding of what constitutes a risk, or a danger, in society changed over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. How risks are identified, managed, eradicated and sometimes overlooked provides a window onto the ways that cities and workplaces are governed – is safety the responsibility of the individual, the employer, the state, or a combination of all of these?

This half-day workshop, at the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, will introduce participants to the material objects and techniques used for researching the history of risk and safety in Leeds. The workshop will also include a scavenger hunt of historical risk on the grounds of the museum. We will be covering a range of accidents and case histories that relate to Armley Mills and the wider area, and a variety of sources, including safety insignia, newspapers, photographs and building plans. Come and learn about the sad cases of George Dyson and Edward Grayham, the air-raids on Armley during the Second World War, and the floods of 1866 and 2015. The workshop is being delivered by academic historians from Leeds Beckett University, Jessica van Horssen and Shane Ewen, and the Industrial History Curator at Armley Mills, John McGoldrick.

Places are free, but numbers are strictly limited. Please register your attendance at the booking link. Everyone welcome including families (but please do tell us in advance if you are bringing young children so we can prepare appropriate activities).

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 9 Jun 2018 10:00 to 13:00

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    Canal Road,
    LS12 2QF



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    Map reference: SE 275341  Lat: 53.80283 Long: -1.58304

    Leeds Industrial Museum is located just two miles out of the city centre on Canal Road, off the main A65 road to Kirkstall.
    Bus: Services 733,734,735 and 736 go to the VUE cinema complex on Kirkstall Road (Leeds Industrial Museum is located behind the complex, accessible by a foot bridge).

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups