Time travellers turn back the clock at Temple Newsam

Colourful characters plucked from the pages of history will to come face-to-face with visitors in the stunning surroundings of modern day Temple Newsam. The estate’s amazing Time Travellers weekend will see a line-up of Saxon warriors, Tudor lords and ladies and Yorkshire pit workers give a captivating insight into the unique heritage of one…

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Object of the week- Madge Howdill’s flag

This eye-catching flag was made more than a century ago by an excited Leeds teenager eager to celebrate the end of war. Madge Howdill, who was 15 when the First World War came to a close, joined the huge crowds which took to the city’s streets, carrying with her a handmade flag pennant. Afterwards,…

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City’s faiths united in abbey’s war and peace display

Inspiring stories of faith, heroism and compassion are being retold through a collection of powerful artworks and images displayed in the stunning ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. The new Faith in Peace and War display, in the abbey’s nave from November 1, is part of the city’s commemorations to mark 100 years since the signing…

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Call for communities to help commemorate Armistice centenary

A rallying cry has gone out calling on communities in Leeds to be part of a city-wide commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Leeds will join cities around the UK remembering the historic Armistice signing which finally brought the unprecedented conflict to…

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Young curators pay tribute to city’s own flying aces

They were the daredevil Yorkshire pilots who courageously took to the skies during the historic air battles of the First World War. Now the heroic exploits of local RAF servicemen are being celebrated in a new museum display put together by two young history enthusiasts. Joe Enright, 18, and Callum Clarke, 19, both members…

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New war memorial in Garforth officially unveiled by Lord Mayor

A poignant new war memorial honouring those people from Garforth who lost their lives whilst serving their country in times of conflict has been unveiled at Garforth Cemetery this week. Members of the British Legion, local residents and dignitaries joined the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson as part of a special service to…

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Paving stone unveiled in honour of First World War hero in Hunslet

A unique tribute has been unveiled this week to a First World War soldier from Hunslet who was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC) for his outstanding courage under fire. As part of a special service, family members of Private William Boynton Butler were joined by city representatives including the Lord Mayor Councillor Jane Dowson and…

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Object of the week- Suffragette badge

Part of a new display exploring the often tempestuous history of protests, this Suffragette’s badge is a small but poignant reminder of the struggle women once endured to secure the right to vote. The badge is one of three currently on display at Leeds City Museum, paying tribute to the local and national Suffrage…

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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 lines of the First World War, their wives and children struggled to adapt to a very different life at home, stepping into new jobs and going off to school…

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