City’s museums and galleries welcome back visitors

Museum-lovers in Leeds can rediscover millions of years of history now council-run venues across the city have officially reopened. Leeds Museums and Galleries sites closed earlier this year as part of a city-wide effort to control the spread of Covid-19. Over the past few months, the team has continued to engage tens of thousands…

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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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East meets West at Abbey’s mindfulness fest

Ancient traditions from East and West will come together in the historic grounds of Kirkstall Abbey next month during a festival of mindfulness and meditation. The beautiful ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian abbey will be the setting for a two-week programme of events to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10. And…

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Dead exciting Halloween horrors at city’s museums and galleries

A spine-tingling programme of Halloween horrors will see historic sites in Leeds taken over by spooky scarecrows, ghosts and witches next week. Venues including Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey and Lotherton Hall will be transformed by an exciting line-up of special activities during the scariest time of the year. The ancient grounds of Kirkstall Abbey…

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Enjoy some mindful moments at beautiful Kirkstall Abbey

Centuries ago, it was a tranquil sanctuary where Cistercian monks would spend hours in peaceful contemplation. And this week Kirkstall Abbey will be giving people in Leeds a chance to follow in their footsteps and enjoy some mindful moments during series of drop-in sessions to support World Mental Health Day. The abbey’s visitor’s centre will be…

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Object of the week- Lord Mayor’s penny

Ninety years ago, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and his wife became the first people to walk through doors of Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. Paying a penny each to enter, Hugh Lupton, who held the office in 1927, and the Lady Mayoress were the guest of honour at the museum’s official opening. The…

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New display piecing together abbey’s illustrious past

A collection of fascinating finds has been brought together in a new display reconstructing the colourful history of Kirkstall Abbey. Beautiful medieval tiles, which the abbey’s Cistercian monks strolled upon centuries ago, and a tiny tuning peg, which may have belonged to a visiting medieval minstrel, are among the archaeological discoveries being exhibited this…

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Object of the week-Jane North bodice

Fabulously flamboyant and elegant this colourful garment played its part in a true Leeds rags-to-riches story. The eye-catching leg of mutton sleeve bodice dates from around 1895 and once belonged to Jane North, a former Hunslet factory worker. While she was working in Leeds, Jane met and married John Thomas North, the son of a…

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City parks and green spaces recognised with celebrated Green Flag Award

Seven sites across Leeds have hit the heights and been recognised with an internationally recognised green award. Celebrating the very best green spaces across the United Kingdom, Otley Chevin, Pudsey Park, Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam estate and Middleton Park have once again being honoured with Green Flag Award status.…

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Mayor to make history at museum’s 90th birthday celebration

History will repeat itself this weekend when a much-loved Leeds museum welcomes a very special guest to its 90th birthday celebrations. The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jane Dowson will visit Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum this Saturday, July 15, to join in a week-long birthday party which has included special talks, activities and performances. During…

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Frightfully good fun at Leeds Museums and Galleries this Halloween

Historic sites across Leeds will be hosting a spine-tingling programme of spooky activities this Halloween. Leeds Museums and Galleries will be celebrating the scariest time of the year over the October half-term, with youngsters getting the chance to try trick or treating and creepy crafts and Halloween special effects. Lotherton Hall will be hosting…

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