On 1 March a substantial crowd came to the unveiling of our new exhibition in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.
On Weds 1 March, around 200 people gathered outside the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, all eagerly awaiting the launch of the new special exhibition. Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918 showcases eyewitness accounts in the form of diaries, letters, photographs and objects from the Leeds Russian Archive to explore what happened to British people living in St Petersburg during the tumultuous events of 1917.
Stella Butler introduced the evening with a speech praising the work of Richard Davies, the curator of the exhibition and archivist of the Leeds Russian Archive. Richard himself then took to the podium and gave an eloquent, insightful speech, thanking the academics and volunteers who have collaborated with him over the years. Richard also gave visitors a 'virtual tour' of the objects on display in the gallery and highlighted the continuing impact of the Russian Revolution in world politics today. There was much applause. Visitors then crowded round the exhibition cases and afterwards enjoyed refreshments in Parkinson Court.
A lively programme of events accompanies the exhibition, including free lectures that explore everything from Russian Art and theatre to life in St Petersburg/Petrograd in 1917. Please visit the Treasures of the Brotherton events webpage for more information.
Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918 is open until 31 July 2017.