‘My Leeds, My Culture’ display set to open at city museum

Caption: The 'My Leeds, My Culture' display will open on October 18.

A new project celebrating the positive contribution people of African descent have made to the city of Leeds is set to open at a popular museum next week.

Curated by a local community group ‘Angel of Youths’, the ‘My Leeds My Culture’ display at Leeds City Museum, will launch on 18 October 2014 and run until October 2015 as part of Black History Month celebrations. The display highlights the African Diaspora contribution to Leeds culture through; music, sport, arts, history, faith and fashion.

Commissioned by Leeds City Museum, the exhibition will also feature a mixture of objects kindly loaned from the local community, along with a selection taken from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection.

The main focus of the work undertaken by Angel of Youths, is to build community development projects that will make an impact on the youth culture in Leeds. The group aims to inspire and encourage youths aged 16-30 in building their dreams and championing the continuing heritage of BME achievement through the passions of young people. Included in its year programme are opportunities for youths to mentor and coach other young adults through events and workshops.

To find out more about what is on offer at Leeds City Museum, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Leeds-City-Museum.aspx/

For more information regarding the work of Angel of Youths’, please see Facebook at angelofyouths, Twitter @AngelofYouths / #MyleedsMyculture, or on the web at: www.angelofyouths.org

For any enquiries regarding Angels of Youth, please email: info@angelofyouths.com

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

"We are delighted to be supporting local community group Angel of Youths on this new display, which promises to provide both an interesting and fascinating look at the positive contribution of African culture on the city of Leeds today.

"As part of this project a number of themes are set to be explored including music, faith, arts, history, fashion and sport, and we are really looking to the official opening on October 18."

Marvina Babs-Apata, Angel of Youths charity founder said:

"Angel of Youths is about providing our younger generation the chance, choice and opportunity to identify, realise and explore their dreams. This project, My Leeds My Culture, will go a long way in developing and mentoring our youth’s education and enhancing career opportunities."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum:

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.

The City Museum is the flagship site for Leeds Museums and Galleries, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and their Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 they attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum

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


Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

About Angel of Youths:

Angel of Youths launched in October 2011 with an objective of offering young people entrepreneurial opportunities by building community development projects around their passions and developing youth independence by bridging culture gaps. They aim to inspire and encourage youths aged 16-30 in building their dreams. Their community development projects aim to be imaginative, inclusive and productive, championing the continuing heritage of BME achievement in the passions of our young people, while promoting the potential of service providers across Leeds.

Connect with Angel of Youths on Facebook: www.facebook.com/angelofyouths and Twitter @Angel of Youths.

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk