Museum objects on display at St James’ Hospital

Caption: Visitors take a look at one of the exhibitions on display at St James' Hospital. Image credits: © Leeds Museums and Galleries.

A host of fine and rare objects from the Leeds Museums and Galleries extensive collection are being displayed in a new exhibition at St James’ Hospital.

Since 2011, Leeds Museums and Galleries have been working in partnership with St. James’ Hospital curating exhibitions for their Atrium, a grand hall in St. James’ Bexley Wing welcoming patients, relatives and members of staff to Leeds Cancer Centre.

Each spring sees a new display in the hospital’s Atrium, with a variety of objects on show, from anthropology collections to fine and decorative works of art, and from social history objects to natural science specimens. This partnership enables Leeds Museums and Galleries to reach new audiences and allows the museum artefacts to be seen outside of their traditional contexts. It is hoped that by displaying museum objects in the hospital it will help create an environment that improves the wellbeing and health of St James’ Bexley Wing’s users, their families and staff.

This year’s display brings together a mix of objects from all over the world, including games from Africa, Greek wine jugs, and Giant Snails from South Africa. Called ‘Small Pleasures’ this display was put together by the Heritage Lottery Funded Curatorial Trainee Heather Mikhail and explores the small pleasures of life, whether you like video games, bird watching or just a nice cup of tea. This successful partnership has positively contributed to the development of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ community engagement programme and commitment to displaying the city’s collection in public spaces.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"It has been really fantastic for Leeds Museums and Galleries to work with St James’ Hospital curating exhibitions for their atrium, and this year’s display is currently showcasing a range of fine and rare objects from around the world.

"The feedback we have received from visitors, patients and staff to the exhibitions has been extremely positive, and we hope this year’s display proves to be just as enjoyable."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Museums and Galleries is Leeds City Council’s family of nine museum sites across the city and is responsible for looking after the collections of fine and decorative art, fashion and textiles, industrial and social history, natural science and much more. Housing and caring for Leeds' fantastic collections, the Leeds Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art storage facility and centre for learning and exploration. All are welcome to visit the Discovery Centre for research or to see its unique resources. Leeds Discovery Centre is located 1.5 miles south from the city centre, near to the Royal Armouries Museum. Come along every Thursday for drop in tours showing the fantastic objects we hold (11am and 2pm) or book an appointment for a group tour (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm). Leeds Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB. www.leeds.gov.uk/discoverycentre

The internationally recognised Leeds Cancer Centre is one of the largest providers of cancer care in the UK. Delivering a comprehensive range of modern treatments, they are a world renowned specialist cancer centre for Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England. Their services are supported by the highly regarded treatment, research and academic activities of St James's Institute of Oncology. http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/a-z-of-services/leeds-cancer-centre

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