Celebrating the lives, history and heritage of Leeds’ first generation Jamaicans no longer with us.


Throughout 2019, as part of our Eulogy Project celebrating the lives, journeys and heritage of Leeds’ first generation Jamaicans who are no longer with us, a series of events, workshops and exhibitions will help us to illuminate the experiences and legacy of this pioneering generation.

Take a look at the FREE Eulogy events below and keep watching for new additions.

LANDING HERE – children’s writing workshop

by David Lindsay

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 10am – 12:30pm

Chapeltown Library, The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 3EX

Acclaimed children’s writer Trish Cooke follows the journeys of Caribbean children arriving in the UK during the Windrush era. Explore the highs and lows of life in a strange land in her book Diary of a Young West Indian Immigrant with a writing workshop and true recollections of those who made the journey from the Caribbean to Leeds.

Suitable for: 9-11 accompanied by adults.

Register to book spaces: click here or call 07508 161092

Trish Cooke


Courtesy Transform Festival

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Chapeltown Library, The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 3EX

Join writer, Ansell Broderick for a fun afternoon of traditional Jamaican tales, folk songs and dance. With Anancy and Miss Lou stories from Jamaican elders, to Maroon songs, ring games, Kumina and drumming all steeped in African ancestry.

Suitable for: 5-11 accompanied by adults.

Register to book spaces: click here or call 07508 161092

Tip: A great day for Caribbean elders to spend sharing your heritage and culture with youngsters in your lives.

Ansell Broderick


SATURDAY 8 & 29 JUNE 12:30pm – 5:00pm

BAME Health & Wellbeing Hub Reginald Terrace, Leeds LS7 3EZ

Over two workshops, Jamaican-British author Colin Grant guides on how to capture memories and write life stories for you or a relative, resulting in a family legacy for generations to come. Sign up includes Caribbean refreshments at 12:30pm.

Register to book spaces on both sessions: click here or call 07508 161092

Suitable for: Anyone with African Caribbean heritage interested in family history. Please be prepared to attend both sessions and to develop your writing in between.

Writer Colin Grant Photo: Anthony Robling


Courtesy the Neil family, St Elizabeth, Jamaica

Wednesday 12 June 5:30pm

6:30pm Compton Library, Compton Centre, Harehills Lane, LS9 7BG

Saturday 26 October 11am - 12pm

Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street LS1 3AB

Join Leeds Libraries to learn the basics of researching African-Caribbean family history and how to make the most of online resources like as well as English and Caribbean databases including census returns, parish records, the Birth, Marriage and Death index, and slavery registers.

Register to book spaces: here or call 0113 378 5005

Suitable for: Beginners researching their own African-Caribbean family history. Must be able to use a computer and mouse or be accompanied by someone that can.



Room 700, Leeds Central Library LS1 3AB

A poignant and uplifting tribute to the lives, journeys and stories of pioneering Jamaicans no longer with us who settled in Leeds during the 1940’s-60’s.

Traditionally their funeral programmes, photos capturing the hopes and dreams of younger days and eulogies tell a singular life story. Curated by Susan Pitter, bringing them together for Eulogy tells the story of a generation.

Opening Times:
Mon-Wed 9-7pm
Thurs 9-6pm
Fri 9-5pm
Sat 10-5pm
Sun 11-3pm

Delores Francis: Fraser’s Photo Studio, Kingston Jamaica


FRIDAY 16th AUGUST 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Doors open 5:30pm

RJC Dance, Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road LS7 3HY

Leeds poet Khadijah Ibrahiim brings old-time Jamaican funeral and remembrance customs to life. A fascinating look at centuries-old rites and rituals from nine nights, set ups and wakes to food and music during periods of loss. Join in the rousing singing of traditional songs and hymns of remembrance with the stunning gospel sounds of The Visonaires and Voices in Praise Gospel Choir. Caribbean refreshments will be served.

Register to book spaces: click here or call 07508 161092

Khadijah Ibrahiim Photo: Sam Toolsie

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