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City Square, looking east


City Square, looking east
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20th April 1990. Colour photograph looking east across City Square towards Boar Lane and Bishopgate Street. The statues of Joseph Priestley and the Black Prince can be seen. The tall building on the left is Royal Exchange House; in the centre with the domed roof is the Observatory wine bar, formerly the Midland Bank. On the right is the Queen's Hotel. Two trucks are parked in the square. The early 1990s were the most active years of the AIDS awareness pressure group, Act Up Leeds, who mounted often elaborate demonstrations to highlight inequalities in scientific and health funding, as well as discriminatory treatment towards gay men resulting from fears around HIV. In 1990, the same year that this photo was taken, Act Up Leeds marked World AIDS Day with a protest based around the Black Prince statue, seen behind the trees to the left of the image. While they didn’t meet their aim of wrapping it entirely in clingfilm (the monument was much larger than the group anticipated!) they still managed to ensure coverage for their cause in the local press. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/world-aids-day-1990/full-interview

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