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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

Leeds City Council Logo

26 Apr 2024

Statement regarding Aire Street Workshops

Statement regarding the planned sale of the Aire Street Workshops building in Leeds city centre.

City centre

'Plan ahead' message as city prepares for Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon: Marathon 2

26 Apr 2024

'Plan ahead' message as city prepares for Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

People in Leeds are being encouraged to plan ahead as the city limbers up for one of its biggest sporting and fundraising events of the year.

Leisure and sport Events

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.

Museums and galleries Arts Leeds City Museum

Brown bin collections to start up again in April: Brown bins

27 Mar 2024

Brown bin collections to start up again in April

This year’s fortnightly brown bin collections will start in Leeds from 1 April and continue until December.

Bin collections/waste services

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