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Hit the road, yak as museum’s 160-year-old giant gets out and...

Surprised passers-by watched as a huge Tibetan yak slowly emerged from Leeds City Museum yesterday. The impressive stuffed mammal, which measures almost three metres long,...

Object of the week- Tibetan yak

Although it’s now safely back in its case at Leeds City Museum, this huge Tibetan yak has had quite a month. The gigantic stuffed mammal...

Stunning “secret ceiling” discovered during Leeds Art Gallery renovations

Renovation work on Leeds Art Gallery has uncovered a spectacular roof space that has been hidden away for more than 40 years. Workers carrying out...

Object of the week- Tom Webb’s compass

In 1914, Leeds candle maker Tom Webb, like thousands of other local men, went off to France to fight in the trenches of the...

Object of the week- labour certificate

The sudden departure of fathers and husbands changed the dynamic of thousands of families in wartime Leeds. While soldiers were off fighting on the front...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- First World War...

For soldiers fighting in the First World War, Christmas in the trenches was a time to think about the families and loved ones they...

Object of the week- The Somme medal

Presented to a Leeds First World War veteran, The Somme Medal is a moving reminder of the immense courage shown by those who fought...

Object of the week- policeman’s sword used in Leeds Gas Riots

This fearsome-looking curved sword was once wielded by a local police officer during the infamous Leeds Gas Riots. The sword, currently on display at Kirkstall’s...

Object of the week- Portrait of Jogendra Sen

Among the huge array of objects which make up Leeds City Museum’s In Their Footsteps exhibition, there are many stirring examples of courage and...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- The Armley hippo

It may seem hard to believe today, but the area close to where the Armley Gyratory now stands was once the home of hippos. Around...

Sword of real life Sharpe goes on display in Leeds

A sword which once belonged to a real life Sharpe, who worked his way up through the ranks more than 200 years ago, has gone on display...

Object of the week- memorial plaque

Carved by a soldier in memory of his fallen comrades, this small, simple plaque tells a powerful story about the lives of soldiers in...

Leeds Museums and Galleries object of the week- glowing glass lion

In normal circumstances, this glass, lion-shaped ornament may appear fairly unremarkable. But put it under a UV light, and what previously seemed like an innocuous...

Young volunteers scoop top award for work on WW1 exhibition

A dedicated group of young history-lovers who curated a moving exhibition exploring the impact of the First World War have won a prestigious award. Leeds...

Chance for children to get creative and bring The Armley Hippo...

Creative youngsters in Leeds can travel 125,000 years into the past to bring the city’s prehistoric hippo and its fossilised friends back to life. An exciting...

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