Who’s Who? Nominations now open to celebrate the very best of Leeds

Caption: Which contemporary figure do you think should be added to the 'Who's Who' gallery at Leeds City Museum?

People with a passion for Leeds are being asked to vote for who they think should be included in a revamp of a permanent display at a popular museum that celebrates the achievements of local people who have done something to make the city proud.

Since the opening of Leeds City Museum in 2008, the ‘Who’s Who’ wall in the Leeds Story Gallery has adorned 30 pictures of people with close links to the city who rose to prominence in their respective professional fields on a national level. The museum as part of a refresh, is now asking people to nominate which contemporary faces should join the likes of sculptor Henry Moore, Playwright Alan Bennett, rugby player Jason Robinson and artist Jacob Kramer on the wall.

Any person who has made a significant contribution to the city and represents both the talent and diversity of today’s Leeds can be put forward for consideration. Nominations could be an unsung hero, a person undertaking amazing work in their community or a local celebrity, there are no rules!

Opening today, people can make their suggestions on Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/leedsmuseumsandgalleries by writing the name and reason for their particular nomination in the comment box of the empty picture frame in the album. To tweet your choice, please use the hashtag #WhosWho

The closing date in which to make your nomination is Monday 28 July 2014.

For more information regarding the ‘Who’s Who’ wall, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/whoswho

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"As part of our ‘Who’s Who’ gallery at Leeds City Museum we are already celebrating 30 people with ties to our city that have made a big impact on a national or international level in their particular fields of expertise.

"We thought this was a great opportunity to refresh the wall with some new faces, and we want to hear from the people of Leeds who they think should join the likes of playwright Alan Bennett and sculptor Henry Moore in the display.

"Anyone can be nominated whether they are in the public spotlight, an unsung hero, or someone who is making a fantastic contribution in our city, as we are especially keen to have some more contemporary faces on the wall. There is a short window in which to vote, so please do not miss out."

Marek Romaniszyn, assistant curator of community history, Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

"I think this is a great way for us to engage with our online community and I’m looking forward to seeing who people nominate for the wall."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

Already featured on the post 1850 wall includes:

Sir Peter Fairburn (1799-1861) Industrialist and Mayor

Henry Moore (1898-1986) Sculptor

Sir Edward Baines (1800-1890) Editor and MP

Barbara Taylor Bradford (born 1933) Writer

Miss Eliza Wilkinson (painted c.1860) Benefactor

Miss J.B. Kitson (painted c.1942) Lord Mayor 1942-1943

Jason Robinson (born 1974) Rugby Player

Arthur Louis Aaron (1922-1943) War Hero and VC

Sir Montague Burton (1885-1952) Industrialist

Paul Hunter (1978-2006) Snooker Player

Alan Bennett (born 1934) Playwright

Jacob Kramer (1982-1962) Artist

Arnold Ziff (1927-2004) Businessman and Benefactor

Lilian Adelaide Neilsen (1849-1880) Actress and Signer

Sir John Deakin Heaton (1817-1880) Surgeon and Benefactor

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk