Discover more about the First World War at Leeds Museums and Galleries this autumn

Caption: Leeds City Museum will be hosting a special production of 'Oh What a Lovely War'.

An opportunity to see a musical theatre classic and find out more about your families’ history both feature next month in Leeds Museums and Galleries’ ‘Commemorating our First World War Heritage’ programme.

Lighting up the performance space of Leeds City Museum are the Cosmopolitan Players, who will be presenting a new production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, which is now in its 50th anniversary year. Viewed through the eyes of a soldier, this timeless and epic piece of musical theatre offers a powerful and moving commentary on the impact of war.

Tickets for the show, which opens from Wednesday 8 October - Sat 11 October, can be purchased from the Leeds Carriageworks Theatre either online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person from the Carriageworks Box Office for £12, with concessions priced (£10 conc.).

Leeds Art Gallery will also be introducing a series of talks in partnership with University of Leeds and their Legacies of War project. The lecture series called 'Art and the First World War: Global to Local' will kick off on Tuesday 7 October (6pm) with ‘British Artists and the First World War’ where Richard Cork will explore British artists that made outstanding work inspired by the First World War. The series will continue on Tuesday 4 November with a talk about Henry Moore and the war, following on from this there will be a further six talks scheduled in the subsequent months.

On Thursday 9 October at 11am, there is also a special re-dedication of the war memorial to workers at Armley Mills which will feature a display curated by volunteers. Set to sing at the poignant event is Canadian, Melanie Gall, who will perform a number of First World War songs.

Anyone with an interest in finding out more about how to research their families’ history during the First World War, have the perfect opportunity at Abbey House Museum on Thursday October 23, with the event ‘Discovering your First World War Heritage’. Held from 11am-3pm, come along and learn how to begin researching your own family stories of the war. On the day feel free to bring your own items and share stories with others in attendance.

For more information on Leeds Museums and Galleries First World War Programme, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/ww1heritage

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"At Leeds Museums and Galleries we have put together an interesting and diverse programme as part of the commemorations of the First World War, and this October, we are looking to hosting two fantastic events at three of our sites.

"This will include a production by the Cosmopolitan Players of the classical musical ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ at Leeds City Museum and a heritage event at Abbey House Museum that will offer you the chance to find out more about your families’ history and see pieces from our fantastic museums and galleries collection.

"Tickets for ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ are now available and we would ask people to book their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Museums & Galleries:

Established in 1821, Leeds Museums & Galleries is the largest local authority-run museum service in England and has one of the larger and most significant multidisciplinary collections in the UK. They care for 1.3 million objects which are used to inspire, educate, entertain and challenge the people of Leeds and visitors to the city. Leeds Museums & Galleries run nine historic sites and visitor attractions, which welcome over 1 million visitors each year, approximately 25% of all museum visits across Yorkshire.

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008.

Leeds City Museum is one of the flagship sites for the service, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and our Designated Natural History collection.

Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm. www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks for tickets to Oh What a Lovely War.

Abbey House Museum is an interactive family-friendly museum overlooking Kirkstall Abbey in Kirkstall, just three miles from the city centre of Leeds. The ground floor of the museum is set out with three authentic Victorian streets illustrating a range of shops, houses and services from 1880s Leeds. Upstairs galleries feature the Childhood Gallery and the Community Gallery showcasing the nationally important collection of toys and games, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Admission: Adults £4, child £2, conc £3.20, family ticket £8.40 (based on 2 adults and up to 3 children). Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm). www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyhouse

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

Re-dedication event: Service is free to attend, but normal admission charge will apply.

Admission: Adults £3.60, child £1.80, conc £2.90, family ticket £7.60

Monday closed except for bank holidays. Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 17pm. Last admission at 4pm

Sunday: 1pm – 5pm. Last admission at 4pm. www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk