Don’t miss out on your chance to feature in a new exhibition at Abbey House Museum

Picture caption: Items that have helped style both the young and old over many decades and centuries will be celebrated as part of a new exhibition set to open at Abbey House Museum in 2015.

One of the city’s most popular museums is offering people from Leeds and beyond the chance this week to feature in an exciting 2015 exhibition.

As part of the ‘How do I Look?’ exhibition at Abbey House Museum, which is set to open its doors from 24 January 2015 -31 December 2015, a wide range of different fashions and styles that rose to prominence over many decades and centuries will be celebrated. Included in the exhibition will be objects taken from across the Leeds Museums and Galleries collections including; Ancient Egyptian Kohl pots,1960s false eye-lashes, Victorian corsets, curling tongs, 1950s perm machines and cut-throats razors.

A key element of the exhibition will be various portraits, photographs, paintings and coins depicting different hair-styles, facial hair, make-up and tattoos that have reflected gender, cultures and classes through time. To complement this with a modern angle, on Friday 28 and Sunday 30 November, the team at Abbey House Museum will be offering a unique opportunity for people to show off their own unique style and have their portrait taken in two special drop-in sessions with award-winning photographer Sara Porter.

Once the sessions are completed, a number of shots will then be picked for inclusion as part of the contemporary section of the exhibition to showcase the fashion and style which exists in Leeds today.

The two-drop sessions will be held on the following:

Fri 28 Nov, 10am-5pm- Leeds Discovery Centre.

Sun 30 Nov, 11am-5pm - Leeds City Museum (Thoresby Room).

To find out more, or register an interest, please contact Patrick Bourne via email: patrick.bourne@leeds.gov.uk

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

"We are always looking at ways to keep our Leeds Museums and Galleries programme fresh and interesting, and what could be a better than offering people the opportunity to possibly feature in one of our exciting forthcoming exhibitions?

"As part of the ‘How do I Look?’ exhibition which is set to open at Abbey House Museum in January, a wide-range of fashion and styles through time are set to be celebrated, and we thought as part of the modern section, why not showcase how people dress today.

"Award-winning photographer Sara Porter will be on hand to take the pictures at the drop-in sessions, and who knows, your modern portrait may be selected to adorn the walls of ‘How do I Look?’."

Notes for editors:

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.


Adults £3.90, child £1.75, conc £2.90, family ticket £6.70*

*based on to adults and up to three children.

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).

For more information on Abbey House museum, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyhouse

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk