Leeds City Council - Archive (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

2018
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 lavish banquets and parties where lo...
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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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07
February
2018
In February 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 in12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK, including Leeds Art Gallery. ...
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07
February
2018
It’s a hard to imagine exactly how the gigantic bid that laid this colossal egg would have looked. But it’s clear that the Madagascan elephant bird, a huge, three metre tall giant, must have been one of the largest birds that ever lived. Relate...
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01
February
2018
A remarkable Roman stash made up of hundreds of ancient coins has gone on display in Leeds this week. Part of the famous Cridling Stubbs hoard, which lay buried in a North Yorkshire field for more than 1,600 years, can now be seen in Leeds City Mu...
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31
January
2018
Innovative arts organisations making a difference across Leeds’s cultural community are set to be awarded more than £1.7m in vital funding. The latest round of arts@leeds grants will go before Leeds City Council’s executive board next week, with 4...
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31
January
2018
A beautifully elaborate example of work by a world  famous Leeds master craftsman, this beautiful lady’s secretaire will be going on display at Leeds City Museum next month. Made by none other than Thomas Chippendale, the stunning cabinet was crea...
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24
January
2018
It’s an eggs-tremely tricky task that’d be likely to get even the most organised person in a bit of a flap. But the dedicated team at the Leeds Discovery Centre has been doing a cracking job of painstakingly documenting their enormous collection o...
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24
January
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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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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