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What are the origins of public parks? How do people use and
value them today? What are their future prospects?
Based on new research from the University of Leeds, this free
exhibition documents how Leeds parks have changed over time. Ever since they
were founded in the Victorian era, urban parks have been valued for their role
in improving public health, in promoting social mixing, and in providing a
space for relaxation and enjoyment for families and communities. However,
throughout their history, parks have also faced a series of challenges – from
securing adequate funding and support, to managing conflict between different
groups of visitors.
The exhibition will present the findings of a major research
project into public parks, and showcase a new collection of images of Leeds
parks through time, submitted by members of the public. Find out the reasons
why public parks were first created, and how their founders hoped they would transform
the city around them. Discover which parks in Leeds are the most popular, how
they are used, how they benefit the public and what challenges they currently face.
And learn about people’s hopes and fears for the future of public parks, in a
time of financial cutbacks and growing demand for access to green space.
Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and the
exhibition will include specific displays and activities for children.
This exhibition is
based on research supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant
number AH/N001788/1), and conducted in partnership with Leeds
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