Do you believe in fairies?

Just over 100 years ago, Arthur Conan Doyle published the Cottingley fairies photographs in The Strand Magazine. But how did the literary genius behind the detective mastermind Sherlock Holmes get fooled by fake fairies?

Now, you can discover the secrets behind one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century in this special online exhibition and curator’s talk.

Explore items from the University of Leeds special collections, which holds nearly all of the most important documents and artefacts relating to the Cottingley fairies.

Listen to guest curator Dr Merrick Burrow as he gives an insight into how two young girls from Yorkshire fooled the world.

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Treasures of the Brotherton

University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT

01133 432778


Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday; 10:00 - 17:00.

Closed bank holidays and days when the University buildings are closed.

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