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.



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, featuring Paul Floyd Blake's contemporary portraits of their descendants and design by Lee Goater, 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

** Closed for one day on September 13th reopening on Saturday 14th.

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


Sara Collins. Photo: Justine Stoddart
Colin Grant. Photo: Anthony Robling

Friday 11th October 6:30pm – 7:45pm

Leeds Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Leeds LS2 7UP

An outstanding panel of three stellar writers with Jamaican roots - Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Colin Grant (Bageye at the Wheel) and Hannah Lowe (Long Time, No See) – in conversation with Dawn Cameron.

How do they capture a spectrum of Jamaican narratives and characters, from saints to sinners and everything between? How can unexpected stories illuminate our understanding of Jamaican heritage, history and culture?

Hannah Lowe

Conversations and audience Q&A brought to you in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and Ilkley Literature Festival.


Box office pick up or phone reservation: 19 Eastgate, LS2 7LY Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Tel: 0113 2137700

Book up to 3 tickets person online here (online booking fee applies)


Courtesy the Neil family, St Elizabeth, Jamaica

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.

Prefer to make a booking by e mail or phone? Got a query or want to know more about our Eulogy events? Get in touch on or call 07508 161092

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