Contractors refurbishing the Union were amazed to uncover part of a mural painted in the 1970s by political refugees of Chile’s repressive Pinochet regime. For 40 years, this powerful piece of history hid behind a kitchen in LUU. Once discovered, building plans were changed to preserve the wall on which the mural appears. It now looks down on a modern meeting room and plans are under way to restore the rest of the artwork.
Refugees from Chile came to Leeds in the mid-seventies through support from students and local trade unions. Do you remember the mural? Help us piece together its story here.