Leeds Museums and Galleries chief to reveal favourite pieces from collections in new book

Caption: Pieces from collections chosen by Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries John Roles will feature in a new book.

A new book that will reveal which pieces from collections to grace the city over the years have been chosen by John Roles, head of Leeds Museums and Galleries as his own personal favourites, is to be published this month.

With over 30 years of experience in museums, John, who has been Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries since 2004, will reveal his own selection of appealing and interesting pieces from the council’s collections, and provide a personal insight and commentary into the reasons why he chose them, as part of a new ‘Director’s Choice’ series by publishers Scala. Also set to feature in this Director’s Series includes ‘Chatsworth by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’, and ‘Mauritshuis by Emilie Gordenker’.

With an estimated 1.3 million objects in its rich and diverse collections which have a reputation for their quality, depth and unique nature, John was faced with a number of difficult decisions when making his choices, as he considered displays which have graced sites across the city over the years.

John Roles, Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

"It is a real privilege for me to be given this opportunity by Scala Publishing to select my own favourite pieces from the wonderful collections’ which have featured at Leeds Museums and Galleries over the years. Making a decision on which pieces should be included was extremely difficult, and did result in a couple of sleepless nights!

"I hope people find the book an insightful and interesting read, and I look forward to hearing their thoughts on my choices, and questions as to why I left other collections out!"

Notes to editors:

Leeds Museums and Galleries cares for some of the finest collections in the country with their fine arts, decorative arts, natural history and industrial collections having been given Designated status by the government, because of their national or international significance.

Many of the objects and works of art featured in the book are on display across the city at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Lotherton Hall, Kirkstall Abbey, Temple Newsam House, Abbey House Museum, Thwaite Mills Watermill and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Others are being cared for at Leeds Discovery Centre, the service’s state of the art custom built museum store which is open to the public for tours on Thursdays.

The book Leeds Museums and Galleries – Directors Choice by John Roles will be published in March and available to buy from Leeds Museum and Galleries gift shops priced at £9.50.

Leeds Museums and 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.

Leeds museums and Galleries exists to collect, preserve and interpret historic, cultural and scientific collections and historic sites and use them as inspiration for educating, entertaining and inspiring the people of Leeds as well as visitors to the city.

For more information about the service and its nine attractions visit www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk