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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Update on future of Thwaite Watermill: Thwaite Mills

08 Mar 2024

Update on future of Thwaite Watermill

At meeting of full council on Wednesday, February 21, members gave approval to proceed with proposals which will help meet the unprecedented financial challenges facing the authority.

This included proposals to end the council’s lease at Thwaite Watermill, which has been subject to public consultation.

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New museum display celebrates Muslims in the North: Muslims in the North group picture 6March24

08 Mar 2024

New museum display celebrates Muslims in the North

The trailblazing contributions of Muslims living and working in the north of England are being celebrated in a new museum display in Leeds.

Leeds City Museum’s spectacular Voices of Asia Gallery is hosting Muslims in the North, which was launched this week, and which explores the pioneering work of prominent Muslims in fields including commerce, healthcare, law and research.

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VR offers chance to see city’s state-of-the-art installation in a new light: Light Neville Street 16

04 Mar 2024

VR offers chance to see city’s state-of-the-art installation in a new light

Art lovers in Leeds have the chance to step inside a groundbreaking urban light and sound installation thanks to the latest VR technology.

A Light and Sound Transit by Berlin-based artist, sound sculptor and composer Hans Peter Kuhn had transformed Neville Street in Leeds city centre, where it was installed as a temporary public artwork.

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