Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2018
08
August
2018
At a time when war raged across Europe, Ivy Benson was calling her own tune. The pioneering musician and band leader, who was born in Holbeck, became something of a celebrity when war gave her a chance to break into the world of big bands. In f...
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07
August
2018
They were some of history’s most famous leading ladies who fearlessly led the charge for women to have the right to vote. Now the Suffragettes will hit the big screen in Leeds this week as the city marks 100 years since their courage and determina...
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01
August
2018
Flat cap flinging, a new world record and a parade of former coal miners took centre stage as Yorkshire Day saw Leeds celebrating the best of the region’s unique history, heritage and culture. A series of events showcasing the lighter side of the ...
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01
August
2018
Three million years ago, the gigantic megalodon ruled the world’s oceans. The 60ft long shark’s massive jaws were filled with five rows of more than 250 razor sharp teeth and the formidable predator had a bite which could exert a colossal 180,000 ...
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30
July
2018
Former coal miners who toiled for decades down the region’s pits will revive one of their industry’s most unusual and heart-warming traditions this week on Yorkshire Day. Lotherton estate will be the setting for a special parade on August 1 led by...
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25
July
2018
Beautifully rendered in perfect pearl, these tiny statues illustrate one of the many ways nature’s unparalleled creativity has been utilised by humans. Currently on display at Leeds City Museum, the gently shimmering effigies are contained within ...
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19
July
2018
Hold onto your hats- a sporting spectacle with a difference is heading to Leeds this Yorkshire Day. Leeds Industrial Museum will be brimming with excitement on August 1 when, for the first time ever, the historic site plays host to none other than...
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18
July
2018
Youngsters in Leeds can get creative this summer in a colourful new space designed to help them channel their inner artist. Starting this weekend, Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery, will be home to the eye-catching Pop Up and Play pavili...
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16
July
2018
West Yorkshire’s local authority museums contributed over £34 million to the regional economy last year and attracted over 1.7 million visitors through their doors. The information has been released on a new video highlighting the amazing attracti...
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12
July
2018
Staring down imposingly from above the store entrance at Leeds Discovery Centre, this giant monster of the deep is one of the more bizarre items on display in Leeds. The huge model of a juvenile giant squid was created for Slime, a temporary exhib...
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06
July
2018
Sweet-toothed aristocrats in Leeds were among the country’s earliest chocoholics, fascinating new documents have revealed. Ahead of tomorrow’s World Chocolate Day, an exquisite bill of sale plucked from a vast collection of archives in Leeds after...
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06
July
2018
Beautiful creations made by some of the natural world’s most accomplished animal architects have been revealed in a new exhibition in Leeds. Using objects carefully fashioned during the life cycles of species from around the world, Beavers to Weav...
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29
June
2018
The emotional first-hand account of a Leeds man held captive in a German First World War internment camp has been rediscovered by a group of young history-lovers. Albert Stockwell’s moving diary is being shown to the public for the very first time...
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27
June
2018
It may seem hard to believe today, but the area close to where the Armley Gyratory now stands was once the home of hippos. Around 130,000 years ago, a now extinct species of the huge mammal lived in what was, at that time, a much warmer Leeds. ...
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20
June
2018
Billed as “a game of skill and chance for dairy farmers”, it’s safe to say board game Grade Up to Elite Cow isn’t exactly a family favourite. The agriculturally inspired game was produced by Waddingtons 1986 of behalf of The British Friesian Cattl...
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13
June
2018
Plush, lavish and luxurious, Temple Newsam’s crimson state bed is well and truly fit for a queen. The eye-catching bed is more than 300 years old and was commissioned in 1711 by John, 1st Earl Poulett as part of a concerted effort to impress his m...
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01
June
2018
A popular celebration of the city’s centuries of textile heritage will return to Leeds Industrial Museum this weekend. The fifth annual Leeds Wool Festival will take over the historic site this Saturday, June 2, when the museum will welcome a huge...
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22
May
2018
For generations, board games have been a tried and tested family favourite in homes all over the world. Classics like Cluedo and Monopoly, both originally made in Leeds, have become a staple at Christmases and family gatherings and remain among th...
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14
May
2018
A new display celebrating the extraordinary sporting legacy of the Leeds Rhinos has been unveiled at Leeds City Museum. Featuring vintage photos, kits, programmes and tickets from some of the club’s historic clashes, the display tells the inspirin...
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09
May
2018
Researchers may have finally lain to rest the age old question of whether the mysterious Tasmanian wolf might still be alive somewhere. But one place you definitely can still find a rather splendid example of the elusive marsupial is at the Leeds ...
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04
May
2018
Performers will take history-lovers back to First World War Leeds when Temple Newsam was a house of healing for injured soldiers. This weekend’s unique living history project will see students from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries...
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04
May
2018
It may not look like the ideal athletic attire for anyone taking a two-wheeled tour of Yorkshire. But long before the age of Lycra, well-made woollen suits, knee breeches and sturdy straw hats were actually all the rage for the county’s style-cons...
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02
May
2018
Once a faithful timepiece at one of the north’s favourite seaside getaways, this impressive clock has finally come home to Leeds. Made by famous Leeds clockmakers Potts and Sons, the solid pine clock is around two-an-a-half feet wide and once tick...
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01
May
2018
Memories of The Beatles, Bowie, football and festivals have been brought together in a new display celebrating growing up in Leeds. Young history buffs at Leeds City Museum bridged the generation gap to create the new Teenage Kicks exhibition, vis...
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25
April
2018
These days it’s among the most popular tipples in bars and restaurants around Leeds. But the consumption of gin was once viewed as a dangerous scourge on society that needed to be curtailed. Temperance banners like this one from the Leeds Museu...
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19
April
2018
An eye-catching collection of textile creations has been unveiled at a Leeds museum in a heart-felt tribute to the city’s industrial heritage. Wool Stories: The Felted Mill at Leeds Industrial Museum features impressive artistic efforts by local m...
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18
April
2018
One of the biggest objects in Leeds City Museum’s collection, this huge Tibetan yak is still in good shape for 160-years old. That’s thanks in no small part to diligent conservation undertaken by curators over the past year, who have worked hard t...
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11
April
2018
A puzzling pub peculiarity, this dainty-looking jug was once a pupular way for landlords to keep their punters entertained. Known as a puzzle jug, the ceramic receptacle is a fine example of a type that was a regular feature in homes and taverns i...
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10
April
2018
A delicious taste of the elegance, opulence and extravagance of life in Georgian Britain will be served up to museum-goers in Leeds. The rise of London gin shops and traditional Georgian jellies will be among the topics covered during a fascinatin...
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04
April
2018
They were the daredevil Yorkshire pilots who courageously took to the skies during the historic air battles of the First World War. Now the heroic exploits of local RAF servicemen are being celebrated in a new museum display put together by two yo...
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