Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2018
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 Classics like Cluedo and Monopoly, both originally made in Leeds, have become a staple at Christmases and family gatherings and remain among th...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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04
April
2018
At first glance, this long case clock may look like nothing more than a rather ornate antique timepiece. But delve a little further into the history of John Harrison’s creation and you’ll find it helped to solve a mystery that had baffled scientis...
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28
March
2018
The history of Leeds is filled with stories of inspiring women who would not be constrained or restricted by gender roles. Among them was the famously forthright art patron and women’s rights campaigner Ellen Heaton, whose portrait can be seen han...
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21
March
2018
Beneath the lavish halls and chambers of Temple Newsam House, a huge network of cellars was once liberally stocked with thousands upon thousands of gallons of beer. Upstairs, 18th century aristocrats would host opulent  banquets and parties where ...
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19
March
2018
A new exhibition will reach the pinnacle of sartorial style by exploring flamboyant fashions from the home of the world’s highest mountains. Lotherton’s new Himalayan Fashions exhibition, which opens later this week, will see incredible clothes an...
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16
March
2018
A flock of fabulous flamingos will be in the pink as they spread their wings inside a spectacular new enclosure. The colourfully-feathered birds will explore their new home at Lotherton Wildlife World next week as the first phase of the impressive...
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07
March
2018
A spectacular parade marches down The Headrow as a military band plays in front of Leeds Town Hall and a majestic Second World War fighter plane wows the excited crowd of thousands. This incredible photo, which dates from 1943, captures a wartime ...
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07
March
2018
As Leeds celebrates Women’s History Month, here’s an exhibit currently on display which really packs a punch. The signed glove was worn by none other than Leeds’s very own pugilist trailblazer Nicola Adams, who at the London 2012 Games, became the...
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28
February
2018
It may be a hair-raising sight to behold today, but back in 1930s Leeds, this vintage perming machine would have been very much top of the range. Known at the time as a permanent wave machine, the bizarre looking contraption was used in a hair sal...
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21
February
2018
In the 18th Century, a furniture maker from Leeds came up with a revolutionary new idea to sell his fabulous designs to potential customers. In a ground-breaking stroke of marketing genius, he produced the first “furniture catalogue”, filled with ...
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15
February
2018
It would no doubt have been a surprise to the devout Cistercian monks who once called it home. But historic Kirkstall Abbey has today been recognised for giving one of Yorkshire’s warmest welcomes. The abbey has been awarded a VisitEngland Welc...
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14
February
2018
Traditional Yorkshire flat caps created using a Leeds museum’s vintage looms could be in line for a top national arts award. The classic White Rose county headgear is part of the Armley Weave range, which uses cloth produced on the historic equipm...
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14
February
2018
Last week, Leeds marked a century since the first women in the country won the right to vote. Among those who fought so hard for that right was local Suffragette Leonora Cohen, whose remarkable life was remembered during the city’s celebrations. ...
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09
February
2018
On the evening of March 14, 1941, staff at Leeds City Museum safely locked away their incredible collection of exhibits, antiquities and curiosities for the night. Among the thousands of items on display inside was a magnificent elephant’s skeleto...
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08
February
2018
Thomas Chippendale, 1718-1779: a celebration of British craftsmanship & design launches a nationwide programme to mark the tercentenary in 2018 of the birth of Thomas Chippendale senior, celebrating his life as furniture maker, designer and entrepren...
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