Museums and Galleries community team set to showcase work

Caption: Volunteers have played an important part in a number of Museums and Galleries community projects.

The work of Leeds Museums and Galleries in communities across the city is to be showcased in a special exhibition later this week.

As part of the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition set to open tomorrow at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, a range of projects undertaken by the museum services’ assistant community curators with residents, groups, volunteers, families and cultural organisations will be put on display. The team, which was created using the Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum funding, have worked with a number of community groups over the past year on a range of projects, the highlights of which will be on display for the very first time.

Projects included an Object Handling Project where items from the city’s museums were taken to groups that support older people who were able to examine, handle and explore the objects; a gardening project in the community garden in the grounds of Leeds Industrial Museum; and a project with local people to record the personal stories from people and staff that lived and worked for the Gascoigne family on the Lotherton Hall estate.

To launch the exhibition and as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped the museum service over the last year a special opening event will be held on 15 August, 4pm-6pm at Leeds Industrial Museum. The exhibition will run from on Friday 15 August 2014 until Friday 29 November.

For more information regarding the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition and other projects that the team will be working on in the future, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/communityengagement

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

"Our Museums and Galleries team undertake a range of fantastic work with local residents, groups and organisations throughout the year, and as part of the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition this is a great opportunity to see the type of great projects they have been involved in.

"The reaction we have had to our community projects has been really positive, and we are looking forward to delivering more initiatives across the city in the future."

Gabrielle Hamilton, community engagement manager for Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

"The last year has been a really busy time for the team here at Leeds Museums and Galleries and it’s great that we have had the chance to work with so many different people across the city.

"This exhibition will be a chance for us to highlight just some of the projects that we have been involved in over the last year or two and hopefully inspire others to join us in the future."

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.

As a leading museum service Leeds Museums and Galleries have a regional and national reputation and role, which has brought significant additional funding. They were one of only sixteen museum services to have been awarded Arts Council England (ACE) Major Partner Museum funding for three years from April 2012 - March 2015 which allowed them to complement their core departments with new more outward facing teams including Community Engagement, Volunteering, Partnerships, Fundraising, Digital Media and Audience Development. They have recently received funding which will see them continue their Major Partner Museum status until March 2018.

The exhibition will be held at:

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Tel: 0113 378 3173 -Email: armley.mills@leeds.gov.uk

Admission: Adult £3.60, child £1.80, conc £2.90, family ticket £7.60 (includes two adults and up to three children)

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays), Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk