Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2018
19
January
2018
Inspirational women who have blazed a trail through history are being celebrated in an empowering new exhibition in Leeds. A Woman’s Place? opens at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum this weekend and marks the centenary of the first British women get...
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17
January
2018
The gigantic silver wine cooler that dominates the dining room at Temple Newsam House is a truly dazzling sight to behold. Weighing an impressive 2,500 ounces and measuring almost a metre-and-a-half across, the cooler was acquired by Leeds Museums...
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12
January
2018
It’s the quintessentially British brew that over the centuries has been enjoyed by everyone from Yorkshire’s lords and ladies, to its miners and mill workers. Now a curator’s exciting new discovery about the history of the humble cuppa is causing ...
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10
January
2018
For the hard-working women once chosen to represent some of the country’s most prominent industries, suitably regal attire was an absolute must. This glamourous gown, for example, was once worn by the country’s Railway Queens, who would be the fac...
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03
January
2018
Showcasing some of the animal kingdom’s biggest and best biters, this fearsome display is simply jaw-some. The display, entitled Bite Me! includes teeth, skulls and bones from modern mammals and reptiles as well as the fossilised remains of extinc...
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2017
27
December
2017
During the Second World War, when rationing was at its peak, even festive cheer could be in short supply. Fortunately, as these sparkling festive baubles show, home grown companies stepped in to make sure the Christmas season still had some sparkl...
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21
December
2017
For more than three thousand years, Nesyamun’s mummified remains have resided in the beautiful, ornate coffin which is today on display at Leeds City Museum. Known locally as The Leeds Mummy, the coffin and its occupant have captivated generations...
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15
December
2017
It could well be the most delicate and exclusive piece of removals work Leeds has ever seen. This week at Temple Newsam House, curators began the daunting task of relocating a number of historic pieces of furniture created by world-renowned master...
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13
December
2017
A poignant reminder of the human cost of war, this soldier’s letter was the last he ever sent to his family in Leeds. Horace Iles was just 14 when he signed up to fight with the famous Leeds Pals in 1914, and lied about his age so he could enlist,...
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08
December
2017
A fascinating collection of items has gone on display in Leeds as part of a new exhibition exploring the ancient history of the Buddhist faith. Monks from Headingley Thai Temple visited Leeds City Museum’s Voices of Asia gallery today (Friday) whe...
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06
December
2017
Buried in the ground for centuries, this woman’s green-stained skeleton reveals a fascinating story. Discovered at London’s Royal Mint, the unknown woman’s remains date from between 1350 and 1400. What is known is that she died between the ages...
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06
December
2017
Hidden away, deep inside Temple Newsam House is a fantastically festive creation worthy of Santa’s most enterprising elves. The wonderful workshop will be the latest addition to the beautiful mansion’s spectacular 500 years of Christmas celebratio...
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21
November
2017
The city’s coolest residents were chilling by the pool today as they made some friends and showed off their spectacular new home. The excitable colony of 17 Humboldt penguins gave a noisy welcome to Lotherton Wildlife World’s very first visitors a...
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20
November
2017
For 125 years it was a melting pot of music, merriment and memories for the city’s Irish community. Now a miniature recreation of legendary Leeds pub The Roscoe is giving visitors to Leeds City Museum a chance to toast some of the many characters ...
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15
November
2017
A dazzling reminder of a fascinating chapter in British industrial history, this beautiful tiara is truly fit for a queen. Although not made of real precious metals and jewels, the tiara is no less prestigious, as it was once worn by the country’s...
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10
November
2017
A teenage soldier’s final letter home from the front lines of the First World War is going on display in Leeds ahead of Remembrance Sunday. Horace Iles was just 14 when he signed up to fight with the famous Leeds Pals in 1914, lying about his age ...
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09
November
2017
For a Yorkshireman returning home after the Second World War, it was tailor made to help him take his first sartorial steps back into civilian life. And a dapper demob suit from Leeds has also proved to be the perfect fit for a celebration of fabu...
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03
November
2017
Decorated with a curious mixture of Roman style pillars, a mysterious fake door and a fully working church organ, it’s a room with a very unusual tale to tell. And this winter, experts at Temple Newsam will be working behind the scenes to open a n...
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03
November
2017
Plucked from the factory floor, their lives were quickly transformed into a glitzy whirlwind of international jet-setting, glamorous film roles and exciting photoshoots. But the hard-working women chosen to represent some of the UK’s most prominen...
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25
October
2017
Anyone looking for the perfect Halloween outfit could take som inspiration from this incredible collection of costumes worn by children in Leeds more than 125 years ago. Back then, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Mr and Mrs Alf Cooke threw an extravagant ...
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23
October
2017
A spine-tingling programme of Halloween horrors will see historic sites in Leeds taken over by spooky scarecrows, ghosts and witches next week. Venues including Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey and Lotherton Hall will be transformed by an exciting l...
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19
October
2017
In normal circumstances, this glass, lion-shaped ornament may appear fairly unremarkable. But put it under a UV light, and what previously seemed like an innocuous paperweight begins to give off an eerie, green glow. The lion’s curious luminesc...
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16
October
2017
For a Yorkshireman returning home after the Second World War, it was tailor made to help him take his first sartorial steps back into civilian life. And today a dapper demob suit from Leeds has also proved to be the perfect fit for a celebration o...
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13
October
2017
Visitors to Leeds City Museum can step into the shadows this weekend and explore the weird and wonderful world of Gothica. This Saturday, the museum will celebrating Gothic literature, fashion and music through a series of eye-catching photos, sta...
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09
October
2017
It’s one of the most stunning, bold and thought-provoking exhibitions Leeds has ever seen. Now one of the curators behind Leeds City Museum’s incredible new Skeletons: Our Buried Bones has backed the city’s bid to become European Capital of Cultur...
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02
October
2017
It’s an enduring extinction mystery that has puzzled generations of scientists and naturalists from around the world. Now an international research project may have finally solved the riddle of what happened to the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger- thank...
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29
September
2017
Measuring just 12mm across, this tiny coin’s humble appearance belies its truly remarkable age. Dated at around the 5th Century, the coin is of a type produced at a town called Eion in Thrace between 500 and 480 B.C, making it around 2,500 years o...
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27
September
2017
A beautiful sea of thousands of handmade forget me nots has appeared at Leeds City Museum to raise awareness of dementia. The flowers, which symbolise love and memories, have been created by residents and organisations across Leeds ahead of Intern...
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22
September
2017
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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22
September
2017
A fascinating collection of skeletons capturing more than 2,000 years of human history will go on display today in ground-breaking new exhibition in Leeds. Skeletons: Our Buried Bones brings together 12 skeletons from Yorkshire and London, some of...
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