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Historic collection

A sea chest from a ship commanded by Lord Nelson is one of the most outstanding pieces in a remarkable collection bequeathed to the University by former antique dealer John Victor Bedford. Originally concentrated on the history of furniture, the scope of Mr Bedford’s lifetime of collecting grew to incorporate all aspects of the classic English home – interiors, furnishings, paintings, drapery, lighting, architecture and gardens.

Now a gift from the trustees of his will is enabling these resources to be opened up for scholarship, research and public engagement in the Brotherton Library.

Find out more about leaving a gift to Leeds in your Will, at campaign.leeds.ac.uk/your-legacy