Category Archives: Past events

Cooks and Colours – the Leach Family of Cambridge

Exhibitions, Talks and Activities to celebrate the Leach Family of Cambridge

The Leach family lived in Cambridge for several generations. They worked as College cooks, sign designers, church decorators and master painters.



All Saints’ Church

8th – 27th September 2014

Exhibition: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, Drop in

Frederick Leach (1837-1904) started F R  Leach & Sons, a firm of artist-decorators that worked with the best-known Victorian architects/designers including William Morris, Charles Kempe and George Bodley. Frederick’s life and work is celebrated in All Saints’ Church for this special Open Cambridge event.

Saturday 13th September 2014

Activity: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm & 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm Drop In, All ages welcome

Inspired by the beautiful interior of All Saints’ Church, drop in and create your own Victorian-style designs and motifs. Try simple craft techniques such as tile painting, stencilling, printing and more, at workshops held by local artists.

Talk: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Drop in

‘Britain: a cocktail of artistic cultures’
A talk by Sba Shaikh on the Islamic and Indian art and culture that influenced artists such as William Morris via the ‘Silk Route’ and ‘The East India Company’, and explores how this influence is still vibrant with companies and labels such as Liberty and Ben Sherman.

Museum of Cambridge

8th – 27th September 2014

Exhibition: 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Through a rich variety of objects and paintings, many on show for the first time, find out about the 18th- and 19th-century Barnett Leaches, who were  head cooks of Trinity College, and Richard Hopkins Leach, the pub sign painter and jobbing artist of Cambridge.

Michaelhouse Centre

8th – 19th September 2014

Exhibition: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Be introduced to the Leach family of Cambridge, pick up a walking tour to take you around to buildings where you can see Leach decorative artistry, and glimpse the David Parr House, one of Cambridge’s hidden gems. As part of the tour, Jesus College, Queens’ Old Hall and St Clement’s Church will open to the public on the Saturday.