Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2019
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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September
2018
A Leeds museum celebrating a decade of bringing history to life for the city’s young people could be in line for a top national award for being a family friendly attraction. Leeds City Museum, which marked its tenth birthday last week, will be one...
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14
September
2018
A huge fire-breathing dragon will land in Leeds city centre bringing myth and legend to life at this year’s Light Night Leeds festival. The awe-inspiring creation, entitled Forgotten, will be projected across The Queen’s Hotel on City Square in on...
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September
2018
Leeds Art Gallery will celebrate its 130th anniversary this month with two fascinating new displays. A thought-provoking collection of work by Bradford-born Francis Butterfield will go on display for the very first time from 28 September – 13 Janu...
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07
September
2018
A hundred and eleven year-old Leeds-made clock which once kept time at an Edwardian holiday hotspot is alive and ticking after being restored to its former glory. Once the stalwart timepiece at Morecambe Promenade railway station, the impressive c...
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05
September
2018
A strange and bulky-looking contraption, this odd machine was once the pinnacle of household cleaning technology. The vintage vacuum cleaner was manufactured by Volvac and designed by David Edward Davies in around 1909. Marketed as a revolution...
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22
August
2018
Crafted in remarkable detail, this stunning piece of silver is inspired by the beauty of nature. Created by artist Junko Mori’s, the breathtaking piece entitled Silver Poetry; Spring Fever Ring is on display in Temple Newsam House’s Bullion Room. ...
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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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