The Downhearted Drayman
The Phil & Lit grant helped to support a book – in English and German – with illustrations by the children.
‘The Drayman’ statue in our city centre was a gift from the North Rhine-Westphalia city of Dortmund, which was twinned with Leeds back in 1969. The shared heritage of brewing is recognised with a twin ‘barrel man’ statue in Dortmund. As part of celebrating 50 years of friendship, a group of children at Beechwood Primary School, East Leeds, had a chance to do some creative work with storyteller Matthew Bellwood. What would the sculptures of Leeds get up to if they could move around in the middle of the night? What are their secret wishes? The children’s colourful storytelling was captured by local radio station, ChapelFM. The Phil & Lit grant helped to support a book – in English and German – with illustrations by the children.
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The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.
Since 1819, the Phil & Lit has been inviting the people of Leeds to hear from knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Many are leaders in their field of science, arts or current affairs. We also hold an annual Science Fair and organise occasional visits. Becoming a member means that you’ll receive invitations to all these activities. In future, we plan to have a mix of real and virtual events.