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Royal trial text brings Yorkshire’s brutal battles to life: image00019

17 Jun 2024

Royal trial text brings Yorkshire’s brutal battles to life

A centuries-old court report from the infamous trial of King Charles I will be revealed later this month during a fascinating event in Leeds.

The remarkable book was created more than 360 years ago, and recounts in exhaustive detail the unprecedented week-long trial in 1649, which saw the King convicted of tyranny and treason and sentenced to death in the aftermath of the English Civil War.

Libraries Arts

Pioneering city centre sculpture leaves lasting legacy in its footsteps: image00009

12 Jun 2024

Pioneering city centre sculpture leaves lasting legacy in its footsteps

An eye-catching Leeds sculpture is walking away after six years on City Square, leaving behind a lasting public art legacy.

Legs Walking has been a feature on the square ever since it was kindly loaned to the city by a private collector in 2018.

The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has now asked for it to be returned, which will see the colourful sculpture carefully removed from beside the Mill Hill Chapel this week. The sculpture will remain on public display in a yet-to-be-announced new location in Yorkshire.

City centre Arts

Capital idea sees colourful Leeds artwork head to London: (FULL SIZE) Andre Derain - Barges of the Thames - Leeds Art Gallery (APRIL 2024) ©Rob Battersby 3

05 Jun 2024

Capital idea sees colourful Leeds artwork head to London

A daring depiction of the famous Thames waterside has travelled from Leeds to London for a new exhibition showcasing the capital’s unique influence on artists around the world.

Leeds Art Gallery’s bold and colourful Barges on the Thames shocked Edwardian art lovers when it was unveiled in 1906 by trailblazing Parisian artist André Derain.

Leeds Art Gallery Museums and galleries Arts

Nostalgic images relive city’s Grand day out ten years on: Black Prince TDF

31 May 2024

Nostalgic images relive city’s Grand day out ten years on

A collection of nostalgic images is putting Leeds back in the saddle ahead of the ten year anniversary of the city hosting the world’s biggest cycling event.

The stunning selection of photos recalls just some of the once-in-a-lifetime memories created when Leeds was the setting for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France a decade ago.

Tourism Libraries Arts

Leeds branches out to bring city’s trees to life this summer: Trees Are Alive 1

17 May 2024

Leeds branches out to bring city’s trees to life this summer

Trees across Leeds city centre are being brought to life as unique characters this summer thanks to a playful new art installation. 

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New exhibition brings the subject of death to life for museum visitors: image00022

03 May 2024

New exhibition brings the subject of death to life for museum visitors

A spectacular lion-shaped coffin is among the colourful and eye-catching objects from around the world helping museum goers in Leeds to think differently about death.

Leeds City Museum’s Living with Death exhibition, which opens today (May 3) features a remarkable array of objects spanning thousands of years of world history and tradition which all explore how different cultures experience death, dying, and bereavement.

Leeds City Museum Museums and galleries Arts

Billie’s looking smiles better thanks to historic hippo makeover: image00021

01 May 2024

Billie’s looking smiles better thanks to historic hippo makeover

His friendly face and super-sized smile have made him a favourite fixture for visitors to Leeds Discovery Centre.

But as he approaches 100 years old, the decades have finally started to take their toll on much-loved Billie the hippo, who has begun to show some inevitable signs of wear and tear.

Museums and galleries Arts

Epic transatlantic journey to rediscover historic blast from the past: 20240321 151759

15 Apr 2024

Epic transatlantic journey to rediscover historic blast from the past

The American ancestor of a 19th century railway worker has rediscovered a fascinating family connection to a dramatic Leeds explosion with the help of the world’s oldest model locomotive.

Lisa Roger journeyed more than 5,000 miles from her home in Phoenix, Arizona to Leeds Industrial Museum to see the attraction’s remarkably detailed model of Salamanca, made by the city’s famed engineer Matthew Murray.

Leeds Industrial Museum Museums and galleries Arts

Secrets of city’s ancient Roman coffin to be revealed in new exhibition: image00007

15 Apr 2024

Secrets of city’s ancient Roman coffin to be revealed in new exhibition

An ancient lead coffin which lay buried in a Leeds field for more than 1,600 years is set to be revealed to the public for the first time.

The astonishing discovery, described by experts as a once-in-a-lifetime find, was made during excavation work by West Yorkshire Archaeological Services in a previously unknown site near Garforth.

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Fascinating find reveals tragedy and trouble at the mill: image00021

26 Mar 2024

Fascinating find reveals tragedy and trouble at the mill

An Edwardian accident book detailing the harrowing injuries and tragic deaths suffered by workers who toiled in one of the world’s largest textile mills has been discovered in Leeds.

The fascinating trove of historic employee records was found stashed in a box by curators at Leeds Industrial Museum, which was once a massive, globally renowned hub for wool and fabric production.

Leeds Industrial Museum Museums and galleries Arts

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18 Mar 2024

Hats small folks as museum starts historic head count

A marvellous collection of vintage miniature millinery is among the historic headgear being documented by museum experts and volunteers in Leeds.

The remarkable range of tiny replica hats, some of which fit in the palm of a hand, were made by Leeds hatter John Craig in the early 1900s and is being carefully conserved as part of a project at the Leeds Discovery Centre.

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