Yorkshire celebrated in new display at Abbey House Museum

Caption: Yorkshire is steeped in the tradition and history of cricket, and a cricket bat from yesteryear is one of the objects which will be displayed as part of the 'A Snapshot of Yorkshire' exhibition at Abbey House Museum.

The amazing sights, sounds and traditions of Yorkshire past and present will be celebrated later this month in a new exhibition set to open at a popular Leeds museum.

From Saturday 25 January 2014, visitors will be able to sample a range of delights at the ‘A Snapshot of Yorkshire’ display at Abbey House Museum, showcasing the very best of what makes the county so great.

Objects will be drawn from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collections, the Bronte Society, contributions from local companies and members of the public for the exhibition and displayed in an array of themes. These include Yorkshire Origins; Yorkshire Born & Bred; Yorkshire Companies; Yorkshire Culture & Media; Yorkshire’s Favourite Places; Yorkshire’s Favourite Brands; Yorkshire’s Traditions; Made in Yorkshire; Yorkshire in Uniform; Yorkshire Landscape; Roses & Rivalry; Yorkshire Sports; Yorkshire Style.

A selection of clips from over 40 films held by the Yorkshire Film Archive ranging in date from 1908 to 2000 will feature at the exhibition, and the chance to listen to a variety of the county’s voices and dialects, and view a raft of objects, publications and material.

There will also be the opportunity to view the winning pictures of a competition held last year, which invited photographers of all ages and abilities, to showcase Yorkshire people today - at work and play, on holiday and at public events. These will be screened alongside extracts from Yorkshire Survey, which was conducted in autumn last year.

Pictures taken by young Kirkstall photography students of Yorkshire people at work, inspired by local artist George Walker who published his set of prints ‘The costume of Yorkshire 1814’ exactly 200 years ago are also set to feature. This will provide an interesting exploration of the similarities and differences in the county from then to now.

Open from 25 January -31 December 2014 at Abbey House Museum, which recently has been shortlisted in the final five in the ‘Best Place in Leeds for children and young people’ category in the Child Friendly Leeds Awards, this exhibition promises to offer a great way in which to learn more about the history and tradition of England’s biggest county.

Full details of the exhibition can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/yorkshireexhibition with updates communicated via Twitter #SnapshotOfYorkshire and Leeds Museums and Galleries social media accounts Twitter: @LeedsMuseums Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeedsMuseumsandGalleries

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"It is really fantastic that later this week we will be opening the Snapshot of Yorkshire exhibition at Abbey House Museum, especially with the spotlight being on our region later this year with the arrival of the Tour de France. It is brilliant therefore that we will have this display showcasing why the county is such a fantastic place to visit and live!

"Not only will there be the chance to see the winning pictures of our photography competition alongside the work of local artist George Walker, we will also be offering a wide range of interesting and fun material, publications and objects linked to Yorkshire and its history and traditions, which really will be too good to be missed."

Notes for editors:

Abbey House Museum is an interactive family-friendly museum overlooking Kirkstall Abbey in Kirkstall, just three miles from the city centre of Leeds. The ground floor of the museum is set out with three authentic Victorian streets illustrating a range of shops, houses and services from 1880s Leeds. Upstairs galleries feature the Childhood Gallery and the Community Gallery showcasing the nationally important collection of toys and games, as well as temporary exhibitions.


Adults £3.90, child £1.75, conc £2.90, family ticket £6.70*

*based on to adults and up to three children.

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).

For more information on Abbey House museum, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyhouse

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk