First ever Baby Week toddles into Leeds

Leeds will be awash with all things ‘baby’ next week, as the city launches its first ever Baby Week. Baby Week is an annual early years’ initiative aimed at bringing together statutory and voluntary services in the maternity, children and family sector. Baby Week Leeds replicates the Brazilian Semana do Bebe which is a…

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“Let’s talk about it” say suicide prevention experts

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10th September, Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service and Leeds City Council are among partners who have arranged an event at Leeds City Museum. Entitled “Suicide, we know it happens… Let’s talk about it”, the event will see leading researcher in suicide bereavement Dr Sharon McDonnell from…

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Murder in the Museum – A 1930s Mystery at Abbey House Museum

Murder in the Museum is one of the best-loved penny slot machines at Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. Made by Leeds sisters Alice and Eveline Dennison in 1934, it shows a 30s murder mystery worthy of Agatha Christie! This film, made by Target Productions at Temple Newsam House, re-imagines the story behind the slot…

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Museum’s 1930s murder mystery machine is brought back to life

It’s a mechanised murder mystery machine which has captivated generations of Leeds museum-goers. So when Abbey House Museum’s quirky 1930s penny slot machine finally gave up the ghost, it would have been a crime to let the historic attraction simply gather dust. Luckily, after the machine broke down recently, experts at the Kirkstall attraction searched…

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Statement in response to publication of National Flood Resilience Review

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: “Leeds is barely mentioned in this report which really does smack of the government not taking the risk here seriously. Storm Eva caused absolute devastation for residents and businesses in Leeds, with many still recovering. The people of Leeds need the new Secretary of State to…

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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 heroism. But in some ways, the story of Jogendra Sen epitomises the selflessness and dedication shown by the Leeds soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefields of the First…

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Council offers temporary paid casual evening and weekend elections work

Leeds City Council has some vacancies for paid temporary casual work making home visits to help make sure people are registered to vote. The council’s electoral services section is looking for people to work as Electoral Registration Visiting Officers (ERVOs) on behalf of the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). Forms known as Household Enquiry Forms…

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Suite surprise to give 300th birthday party some flower power

A sumptuous suite of floral furniture will be displayed in all its glory for the first time in eight years ahead of a unique 300th birthday party. The colourful collection of chairs and sofas was supplied to Temple Newsam House in 1746, originally as the decorative border of a lavish “indoor garden” in the house’s…

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The Landscape at Temple Newsam

The story behind the landscape of the park and gardens at the Temple Newsam estate. Curator Emeritus James Lomax reveals how the grounds at this country house have changed over time and the influence of celebrity landscape designer Capability Brown. Capability’ Brown at Temple Newsam Factfile: – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown made a plan for plan…

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GCSE students celebrate this year’s exam results

Young people across Leeds are celebrating their GCSE results with initial figures suggesting 2016 is another successful year for many pupils in the city. Around 7400 year 11 pupils in the city are receiving their results today (Thursday 25 August) and, although the full extent of the results for Leeds won’t be known until…

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