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Leeds, Industry and Empire

Leeds made many products that travelled, either as objects or ideas, across the world as part of the British Empire. One of our major exports as a city were trains and engines. Nellie was exported to Sierra Leone, which was a British Colony from 1800-1961. She was used at the docks to transport goods for trade across the globe as part of the British Empire.

Use the film and / or sensory story below to explore journeys around the world that started in Leeds, or as a starting point for discussions around empire, to promote debate and understanding.

Consider the needs of you pupils when beginning a story about migration, in case it is a trigger for emotions around lived experience.