Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2019
17
April
2019
Once a decorative feature that brightened up a Victorian home, this delicate piece of glassware hides an invisible danger. The 19th century centrepiece has a characteristic green tinge that was common in some ornaments at the time and which helped...
Read more
11
April
2019
It’s a tradition which began 40,000 years ago with an artistic Stone Age human and a spare piece of mammoth tusk. Now a new museum display in Leeds is bringing visitors face-to-face with some of the ancient effigies created by cultures around the ...
Read more
09
April
2019
One of the ocean’s most spellbinding natural wonders, the magnificent narwhal is a creature steeped in myth and legend. Famed for their instantly recognisable and spectacular tusk, narwhals are a species of whale which live in the Arctic waters ar...
Read more
Tags
29
March
2019
Throughout the cavernous halls and winding corridors of Temple Newsam House, a magnificent menagerie of legendary creatures is waiting to be found. Now a series of antique monster manuals and the skeletons of long extinct animals will be offering ...
Read more
Tags
27
March
2019
A piece of Leeds printing history will come out of retirement this weekend for when a museum hosts a word perfect new festival. The first ever Armley Print Fest takes place at Leeds Industrial Museum this Saturday, March 30, and will see local pri...
Read more
21
March
2019
When young Clifford Jobbins proudly posed for this photo, he could never have known the resulting image would inspire a group of young history lovers more than 120 years later. Clifford’s picture shows him sporting his very first pair of trousers ...
Read more
20
March
2019
Bizarre vintage vacuums and inspiring images from the ballot box will feature in an eye-opening talk about the changing lives of women over the past 150 years. Taking place at Abbey House Museum, the event will explore the huge variety of differen...
Read more
Tags
05
March
2019
Half a century ago, it passed from the aristocrats who had called it home for generations and into the hands of the people of Leeds. And this week, the beautiful Lotherton estate has begun a nostalgic look back through a memorable 50 years as one ...
Read more
Tags
20
February
2019
A jar of curative sweets may not seem like they could present an imminent hazard to your health. But the pastilles once contained in this jar were packed with the explosive potential to give you much worse than a sore throat. The jar, currently...
Read more
19
February
2019
One of the world’s most popular children’s authors has challenged children in Leeds to use their imaginations and create spectacular stories for a new competition. Michael Morpurgo, whose novels including War Horse, Private Peaceful and The Butter...
Read more
Tags
19
February
2019
Descendants of a Jewish family who fled from Vienna to Leeds to escape the Nazis are searching for more details about the local businessman who saved their lives. The family’s fascinating journey has been rediscovered during research for an upcomi...
Read more
Tags
13
February
2019
The beautiful and eye-catching portrait which hangs in Temple Newsam House’s stunning Gothick room depicts the real person behind one of Leeds’s most famous and enduring ghost stories. Young Mary Ingram lived at the house in the late 17th Century,...
Read more
08
February
2019
Captivating tales penned by one of the nation’s best-loved children’s storytellers have come to life in a new exhibition in Leeds. Curated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories opens to...
Read more
Tags
07
February
2019
Decades of campaigning, protests and progress will be celebrated this week as Leeds City Museum leads the way in marking LGBT History Month. A huge programme of events will see everything from film-screenings and talks to thought-provoking artwork...
Read more
Tags
06
February
2019
This eye-catching flag was made more than a century ago by an excited Leeds teenager eager to celebrate the end of war. Madge Howdill, who was 15 when the First World War came to a close, joined the huge crowds which took to the city’s streets, ca...
Read more
30
January
2019
It may look completely innocuous, but this rather dapper top hat is actually a historic hazard. Manufactured in around the 1840s, the stylish headgear contains mercury, which was commonly used at the time in hat manufacturing all around the world....
Read more
25
January
2019
Explosive sweets, radioactive ornaments and poisonous hats are all among an extraordinary collection of historic hazards revealed in a new exhibition in Leeds. Danger Zone, which opens at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum tomorrow (January 26) explor...
Read more
23
January
2019
Unearthed after more than 1,600 years, this incredible collection of Roman coins may have been safely stashed underground for safe keeping. Part of the famous Cridling Stubbs hoard, the remarkable stockpile of copper coins can be seen in Leeds Cit...
Read more
Tags
17
January
2019
Photo call, 11am-1pm, January 30, Leeds Art Gallery On February 1, 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in exhibitions a...
Read more
03
January
2019
Over the festive season, people across the country go to great lengths to transform their homes with extravagant displays of light and colour. But even their mammoth efforts still pale in comparison to the decorative determination of the bowerbird...
Read more
02
January
2019
The colourful history of Temple Newsam House is filled with tales of flamboyant aristocratic families and their extravagant flights of financial fancy. From stunning wallpaper decorated with cuttings from one of the world’s most expensive books, t...
Read more
Tags
2018
19
December
2018
More than a million visitors have flocked to see captivating exhibitions and displays at the city’s museums and galleries this year. Figures for Leeds’s nine council-run sites show an estimated 1.3m people have explored the city’s heritage in the ...
Read more
Tags
12
December
2018
Working at one of the world’s foremost industrial powerhouses, the women of Armley Mills were no strangers to cutting edge technology. Over centuries, they used their evolving expertise to deftly operate the mill’s gigantic spinning mules and impo...
Read more
06
December
2018
Extraordinarily well-preserved, this century-old biscuit carries a poignant festive message from the front lines of the First World War. Sent from the trenches in 1914, it survives still tucked in its original wrapper at Leeds Discovery Centre and...
Read more
30
November
2018
A young rising star in the world of wheelchair athletics will speak at a Leeds museum this Sunday to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Seventeen-year-old Kare Adenegan, who set a new world record at the Para World European A...
Read more
Tags
21
November
2018
Measuring around a metre across, this gigantic wasp nest has been creating quite a buzz at Leeds City Museum. On loan from Manchester Museum, the huge nest is split into a number of pieces, showcasing the incredibly intricate structure within. ...
Read more
Tags
09
November
2018
A century ago, excited teenager Madge Howdill and her family joined the jubilant crowds who took to the streets of Leeds to celebrate the long-awaited end of The Great War. Like many others, 15 year-old Madge carried with her a handmade flag which...
Read more
02
November
2018
Inspiring stories of faith, heroism and compassion are being retold through a collection of powerful artworks and images displayed in the stunning ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. The new Faith in Peace and War display, in the abbey’s nave from November ...
Read more
Tags
04
October
2018
Their unerring precision and reliability were the key to solving a puzzle which had baffled seafarers for centuries. But it seems even the historic designs of world famous Yorkshire clockmaker John Harrison aren’t immune from the impact of Father ...
Read more
02
October
2018
Ancient traditions from East and West will come together in the historic grounds of Kirkstall Abbey next month during a festival of mindfulness and meditation. The beautiful ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian abbey will be the setting for a two-...
Read more
Tags