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Object of the week- Ivy Benson ceramic

At a time when war raged across Europe, Ivy Benson was calling her own tune. The pioneering musician and band leader, who was born in...

Object of the week- Pearl Buddha statues

Beautifully rendered in perfect pearl, these tiny statues illustrate one of the many ways nature’s unparalleled creativity has been utilised by humans. Currently on display...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- Giant squid model

Staring down imposingly from above the store entrance at Leeds Discovery Centre, this giant monster of the deep is one of the more bizarre...

Exhibition explores animal kingdom’s grand designs and miniature marvels

Beautiful creations made by some of the natural world’s most accomplished animal architects have been revealed in a new exhibition in Leeds. Using objects carefully...

Object of the week- Eurasian beaver

Hunted into extinction for their fur and meat, beavers had not been seen in the UK for more than 400 years. But now small populations...

Weird and wonderful vintage games are all above board

For generations, board games have been a tried and tested family favourite in homes all over the world. Classics like Cluedo and Monopoly, both originally...

Object of the week- Tasmanian wolf specimens

Researchers may have finally laid to rest the age-old question of whether the mysterious Tasmanian wolf might still be alive somewhere. But one place you...

Young volunteers get a kick out of bridging generation gap

Memories of The Beatles, Bowie, football and festivals have been brought together in a new display celebrating growing up in Leeds. Young history buffs at...

Object of the week- Puzzle jug

A puzzling pub peculiarity, this dainty-looking jug was once a popular way for landlords to keep their punters entertained. Known as a puzzle jug, the...

Object of the week- The Harrison clock

At first glance, this long case clock may look like nothing more than a rather ornate antique timepiece. But delve a little further into the...

Object of the week- Original Chippendale drawings

In the 18th Century, a furniture maker from Leeds came up with a revolutionary new idea to sell his fabulous designs to potential customers. In...

Exhibition celebrates stunning craftsmanship of Thomas Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale, 1718-1779: a celebration of British craftsmanship and design launches a nationwide programme to mark the tercentenary in 2018 of the birth of...

Object of the week- Elephant bird egg

It’s a hard to imagine exactly how the gigantic bid that laid this colossal egg would have looked. But it’s clear that the Madagascan elephant...

Copper load of museum’s ancient Roman coin hoard

A remarkable Roman stash made up of hundreds of ancient coins has gone on display in Leeds this week. Part of the famous Cridling Stubbs...

Object of the week- Chippendale lady’s secretaire

A beautifully elaborate example work by a word famous Leeds master craftsman, this beautiful lady’s secretaire will be going on display at Leeds City...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- Silver wine cooler

The gigantic silver wine cooler that dominates the dining room at Temple Newsam House is a truly dazzling sight to behold. Weighing an impressive 2,500...

Curator’s fascinating find reveals Temple Newsam was a tea time trailblazer

It’s the quintessentially British brew that over the centuries has been enjoyed by everyone from Yorkshire’s lords and ladies, to its miners and mill...

Object of the week- Railway Queen’s gown

For the hard-working women once chosen to represent some of the country’s most prominent industries, suitably regal attire was an absolute must. This glamourous gown,...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- Coffin of Nesyamun

For more than three thousand years, Nesyamun’s mummified remains have resided in the beautiful, ornate coffin which is today on display at Leeds City...

Chippendale’s stunning furniture makes move to museum ahead of new exhibition

It could well be the most delicate and exclusive piece of removals work Leeds has ever seen. This week at Temple Newsam House, curators began...

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