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Historical Event, Thu 6 Dec 2018, free entry


Sex and the City of Leeds

Sex and the City of Leeds


On December 9th, 1946, Ellen Bransberg was fined forty shillings for ‘being a prostitute and importuning for immoral purposes’ in the city of Leeds. During the hearing, Bransberg was described by the police as ‘the best known prostitute in Leeds’. Bransberg may well have been the ‘best known’ sex worker, but the history of the sex trade is anything but well known.

In this fascinating talk, Dr Kate Lister and Basis Sex Work Project invite you to explore the hidden history of sex in the city of Leeds. We will unearth the earliest records of sex work in Leeds, trace the city’s efforts at regulation, healthcare and abolition to the present day, and shine a light on a vibrant, but little-known history of Leeds. The event is in association with and is introduced by historian Dr Sara Barker. 

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 6 Dec 2018 12:00 to 13:00


Free entry




    Millennium Square,
    LS2 8BH



    See location of Leeds City Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 299340  Lat: 53.80145 Long: -1.54749

    How to find us
    Leeds City Museum is located in the city centre, on Millennium Square.
    By public transport: A 10 minute walk from Leeds railway station and a 15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.
    By car: On street parking is available on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street. Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre, St John’s Centre and Rose Bowl car parks are all a 5 or 10 minute walk from the museum.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups