A Garden Through Time

A geo-located audio walk tracing a lost landmark of Leeds. The walk follows the boundary of the Headingley Zoological and Botanical Gardens, which existed between 1840 and 1858.

The Gardens opened to the public in 1840 but were underfunded from the start and were dogged throughout their short existence by monetary troubles, and different visions of how they should operate.

Today, the Gardens are long gone but their existence has not been forgotten. There are traces of them to be found in the archives at Leeds Central Library; records of the minutes of the Gardens committee, adverts, newspaper articles concerning special events and gala days and printed letters from a variety of correspondents offering their opinions on the proper running and management of the attraction. There are also physical traces that have been left behind, such as the remains of the bear pit on Cardigan Road.

Writer and storyteller Matthew Bellwood and audio producer Rosie Parsons are working with local artists Alison Andrews, Pauline Mayers, Oscar Stafford and Joe Williams, who will create their own responses to the Gardens and their history. Members of the Headingley community will also help shape the content of the walk.

A Garden through Time’ will be launched in September 2020.

Since 2020
Website URL
Duration 50 minutes
Cost Free
Location Headingley, Leeds, UK

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