Object of the week- Leeds United kippah
On display as part of a new exhibition in Leeds, this customised kippah is the perfect combination of faith and football.
Decorated with Leeds United’s unmistakable crest, the traditional Jewish headdress is part of Leeds City Museum’s new A City and its Welcome: Three Centuries of Migrating to Leeds exhibition.
From the Hebrew meaning “dome”, kippah’s are worn by Orthodox male Jews as part of their faith.
This particular example carries an iteration of the Elland Road outfit’s hallowed badge first unveiled in the 1998–99 season, which saw the club logo replaced with a more European shield design, with LUFC reading vertically down the centre.
The kippah is displayed alongside a huge rage of objects exploring the stories of those who travelled to Leeds to make a new life and the impact they have had on the city.
Other items include a collection of toy houses brought to Leeds by Eva Mitchell from former Czechoslovakia in 1938 also feature, one of the only toys she was allowed to bring.
Amar Singh Deagon, a carpenter born in India, came to Leeds in 1966 and worked in construction across Yorkshire, including the building of Leeds Crown Court. His passport, reference letter and photograph are also on display.
Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museum's curator of exhibitions, said: "Each of these people have told us their individual story about how and why they have come to call Leeds home today. Some have overcome unimaginable adversity, whilst others have travelled here in search of opportunity.
"Together, they paint a picture of a city built by immigrants, a place which has thrived economically and flourished culturally because of those who travelled here with a dream of making a new home for themselves and their families.”
A City and its Welcome: Three Centuries of Migrating to Leeds will be at Leeds City Museum from July 12 until January, 2020.
For more details, please visit: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/leedscitymuseum/leeds-migration-stories