22 November, 2018, 7:30 pm

The 2018 Annual Priestley Lecture – ‘Wilson Armistead (1819-1869) – a story of religion and activism in Leeds’

Joe Williams, MA

The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial St, LS1 6AL

Everyone Welcome

To mark the 250th Anniversary of The Leeds Library, this year’s Priestley Lecture focuses on one
of the unsung heroes of Leeds – Wilson Armistead, a Leeds Library member and activist. According to William Wells Brown, ‘Few English gentlemen have done more to hasten the day of the slave’s liberation than Wilson Armistead’. The lecture will look at the life of Armistead, his work as an abolitionist and how difficult historical narratives have resonance in today’s society.


Joe Williams (MA) is an arts and heritage activist. He is Founder and Director of Heritage Corner, Leeds and a Visiting Research Fellow (2018/19) in the School of Fine Arts, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds. Joe’s Leeds Black History Walk, based on work with the Diasporian Stories Research Group and others, is now in its 9th season. His play, ‘Meet the Crafts’, toured to universities and other venues including the Leeds Library and the British Library, London. The play highlights Wilson Armistead’s outstanding dedication to humanity and the many activists of colour he invited to Victorian Leeds.


We are delighted to hear that Joe has recently been presented with a Points of Light Award by the
Prime Minister, at a ceremony in Downing Street – Please click here to read more..


The 2018 Annual Priestley Lecture is sponsored by Mill Hill Chapel, The Leeds Library and Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society


Details of the lecture are on the websites of The Leeds Library and the Leeds Phil. and Lit.
You do not need a ticket for this event but as it is proving to be very popular and places are filling rapidly, we strongly recommend booking a seat via Eventbrite by clicking here to avoid disappointment.