mother of the revolution

mother of the revolution

Mother of the Revolution is a new folk musical celebration of the life of a forgotten Yorkshire legend – industrialist Betty Beecroft; unearthing her untold story and those of the working communities that came after her. This will be a show about what we share with our neighbours, what we learn from our past, what brings us together and tears us apart. 

Mother of the Revolution has been in development since 2021 with the support of Arts Council England, Leeds Industrial Museum as part of Leeds Museums and Galleries, CEG and Leeds InspiredIf you would be interested in taking part in activities or being a part of this production please contact Beth at or fill in this form to be kept up-to-date.

buy the soundtrack

In celebration of Betty Beecroft’s 275th birthday, and the communities of Leeds who have contributed to Kirkstall Forge over the years, we’re producing a limited vinyl run of the score to Mother of the Revolution.

Purchasing one of these 300 copies will support the production of Mother of the Revolution in 2024. 


get involved!

heritage open days launch
leeds industrial museum
friday 8th september
18:00 onwards

Sean and Kathryn

A mini-performance of songs from Mother of the Revolution to launch Heritage Open Days 2023.

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