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Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds Museums and Galleries comprises nine attractions including: Abbey House Museum; the Discovery Centre; Kirkstall Abbey; Leeds City Museum; Leeds Industrial Museum; Lotherton Hall;Temple Newsam; Thwaite Mills Watermill; and Leeds Art Gallery. The gallery is in Leeds' cultural quarter and offers a rich variety of art from Leeds' impressive collections. It includes work by well-known artists from the region, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Atkinson Grimshaw and Jacob Kramer, as well as work by a range of contemporary artists including Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Georgina Starr, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley and Francis Bacon.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,680,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,680,000
  • 2014-2015: £1,695,000

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Look Into My World

The Look Into My World exhibition explored a wide variety of themes, led by the young people's questions and ideas, from searching for the souls of dead animals to exploring identity and challenging stereotypes. A range of skills and techniques has been used from printmaking and painting to sculpture, film and installation. The Look Into My World project began in September 2013, when young people aged 7 to 17 from six primary schools and four secondary schools, enjoyed a special visit to Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. Young people explored an exhibition at Leeds City Museum of work by international author and illustrator Anthony Browne and were inspired by the humorous and serious stories he portrayed. At the Art Gallery they investigated contemporary art and the way that artists work, they also experienced making sculptures together in groups. The film tracks the progress of the project from visits to artworks. Workshops in schools led by artists Kate Genever and Lou Sumray further developed imaginative ways of working. Young people were supported by their teachers and the artists to express their own ideas. Finished work was selected for both this exhibition and for 'Satellite' exhibitions close to each school, including at a doctor's surgery and a professional gallery in a local mill. Young people have increased their confidence and creativity through their participation in this project and the artwork they have made. The teachers involved have also had the opportunity to develop new approaches in their classrooms. Participating primary schools: Allerton CE, Alwoodley, Holy Family, Ireland Wood, Pudsey Primrose, Stanningley Participating secondary schools: Benton Park, Brigshaw, Crawshaw, Guiseley Photography and film production: David Lindsay Project partners: Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, ArtForms Arts Development, Studio 12, Leeds College of Art, Child Friendly Leeds and Arts Council England

Leeds Children's Day Marching Song - FLOREAT, LOIDIS!

The performers are the Bramley Elderly Action Singing Group performing in the Community Gallery at Abbey House Museum on 25th March 2014. The song is "Leeds Children's Day Marching Song - FLOREAT, LOIDIS!", written and composed by J. Harley Stones, Saville Green Council School, Leeds about 1930.

Inner workings of the Harrison precision-pendulum clock no. 2

Inner workings of the Harrison precision-pendulum clock no. 2. Filmed by Ian Fraser, Conservator, for Leeds Museums & Galleries

Harrison precision-pendulum clock no. 2

Matthew Read, Clocks Programme Tutor at West Dean College, getting the Harrison precision-pendulum clock no. 2 working during a visit to Leeds Museum Discovery Centre in October 2010. Filmed by Ian Fraser, Conservator, for Leeds Museums & Galleries

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All the bells...

Kitty Ross, Curator of Social History, stands outside Abbey House Museum on the morning of 27th July 2012 ringing servants' bells and a cowbell as part of Martin Creed's Work No. 1197, to celebrate the start of the London 2012 Olympics. Filmed by Assistant Curator of Social History, Nicola Pullan, for Leeds Museums & Galleries

The Yorkshire Exhibition

We all know that Yorkshire is the biggest (and may we add, the best) county in England. Famous for its beautiful green space and sprawling landscapes it is also home to the longest steam operated railway in the UK and oldest working railway in the world, Britain's highest pub and the oldest registered visitor attraction in the country. To celebrate this Abbey House Museum will be opening a fantastic new exhibition on 25th January 2014 all about Yorkshire and the people who live, work and holiday here today. With inspiration taken from responses to our Yorkshire Survey and including the winning photographs from our "Snapshot of Yorkshire" competition the display will also feature iconic and quirky Yorkshire items from the Leeds collections. The exhibition will open on Saturday 25th January 2014 and run until 31st December 2014.​ This film was created in partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries

What's it like volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries? Some of our textiles and conservation volunteers share their experiences and tell us what they love about volunteering. The background music in this clip is Joyful and Ceremonial by Paul Martin Pritchard.

Firestarters London 2012 - Yvonne Crowther

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Simon Buckden

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Simon Brown

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Sarah Freeman

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Mike Healey

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Maureen Brewer

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - George Stocker

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Firestarters London 2012 - Francis Edwards

This set of films were created to capture some of the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics Torch Relay in Leeds, by celebrating eight participants achievements and the stories of how they became torchbearers. The film was intended to complemented the 'In The Zone: Leeds Women in Sport 2012' film done the year before and supported a series of contemporary object acquisitions on London 2012. The film was shown in the Leeds Arena Summer 2013. With thanks to Simon Buckden, Sarah Freeman, Simon Brown, Yvonne Crowther, Maureen Brewer, George Stocker, Francis Edwards and Mike Healey. Filmed by Digifish

Sushi

Takaaki Goto, a student at the University of Leeds, prepares Sushi and talks about the popularity of Sushi and the meaning of fish in Japanese culture. Estelle is a student from Taiwan who is studying at the University of Leeds on the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies course. She has made these three short films as part of her placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries. She got her friends from the University of Leeds Intercultural Ambassadors group to taste Bubble Tea from Taiwan and give their opinions on film. She was also filmed cooking Sweet Sour Fish herself, and filmed her friend Takaaki Goto making Sushi.

Sweet Sour Fish

Sweet Sour fish is fried fish with vegetables and a sauce which is popular in Taiwan, especially at New Year. Watch Estelle cook this dish and talk about the meaning of fish in Taiwan art and culture. Estelle is a student from Taiwan who is studying at the University of Leeds on the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies course. She has made these three short films as part of her placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries. She got her friends from the University of Leeds Intercultural Ambassadors group to taste Bubble Tea from Taiwan and give their opinions on film. She was also filmed cooking Sweet Sour Fish herself, and filmed her friend Takaaki Goto making Sushi.

Bubble Tea from Taiwan

Bubble tea is a special tea that is really fashionable in Taiwan. It contains tapioca 'black pearl' balls that you suck up through a large straw. Watch Estelle make this tea and share it with her friends at the University of Leeds intercultural ambassadors group. Estelle is a student from Taiwan who is studying at the University of Leeds on the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies course. She has made these three short films as part of her placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries. She got her friends from the University of Leeds Intercultural Ambassadors group to taste Bubble Tea from Taiwan and give their opinions on film. She was also filmed cooking Sweet Sour Fish herself, and filmed her friend Takaaki Goto making Sushi.

In the Spotlight - Gerry Armytage

This set of films was created in partnership with the Leeds Civic Arts Guild and focuses on the stories of five amateur performers from different societies and a stage technician. The films explore the individual's passions for performing and some remember performing/crewing at the old Leeds Civic Theatre before it closed in 2005 to become the Leeds City Museum. The display ran in the Leeds Story Gallery at the City Museum from Tuesday 3 January until Monday 16 April 2012. With thanks to Bryan Craven, Judith Unwin, Janet Johnston, Gerry Armytage, Antonia Elsey and Barry Unwin Filmed by Digifish

In the Spotlight - Judith Unwin

This set of films was created in partnership with the Leeds Civic Arts Guild and focuses on the stories of five amateur performers from different societies and a stage technician. The films explore the individual's passions for performing and some remember performing/crewing at the old Leeds Civic Theatre before it closed in 2005 to become the Leeds City Museum. The display ran in the Leeds Story Gallery at the City Museum from Tuesday 3 January until Monday 16 April 2012. With thanks to Bryan Craven, Judith Unwin, Janet Johnston, Gerry Armytage, Antonia Elsey and Barry Unwin Filmed by Digifish

In the Zone - Anne Bochmann

'In The Zone' is a collection of objects and short films seeking to capture a snapshot of 'Leeds Women In Sport 2012'. We wanted to highlight some of the drive, strength and skill of these local sporting heroines. All of the objects collected and footage captured were on display at the Leeds City Museum (The Leeds Story Gallery - Community History Case) from 19 July until mid December 2012. Film by Digifish.

In the Zone - Claire Cashmore

'In The Zone' is a collection of objects and short films seeking to capture a snapshot of 'Leeds Women In Sport 2012'. We wanted to highlight some of the drive, strength and skill of these local sporting heroines. All of the objects collected and footage captured were on display at the Leeds City Museum (The Leeds Story Gallery - Community History Case) from 19 July until mid December 2012. Film by Digifish.

In the Zone - Annie Birtwell

'In The Zone' is a collection of objects and short films seeking to capture a snapshot of 'Leeds Women In Sport 2012'. We wanted to highlight some of the drive, strength and skill of these local sporting heroines. All of the objects collected and footage captured were on display at the Leeds City Museum (The Leeds Story Gallery - Community History Case) from 19 July until mid December 2012. Film by Digifish.

In the Zone - Debbie Fleming

'In The Zone' is a collection of objects and short films seeking to capture a snapshot of 'Leeds Women In Sport 2012'. We wanted to highlight some of the drive, strength and skill of these local sporting heroines. All of the objects collected and footage captured were on display at the Leeds City Museum (The Leeds Story Gallery - Community History Case) from 19 July until mid December 2012. Film by Digifish.

In the Zone - Saima Hussain

'In The Zone' is a collection of objects and short films seeking to capture a snapshot of 'Leeds Women In Sport 2012'. We wanted to highlight some of the drive, strength and skill of these local sporting heroines. All of the objects collected and footage captured were on display at the Leeds City Museum (The Leeds Story Gallery - Community History Case) from 19 July until mid December 2012. Film by Digifish.

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Leeds Museum Discovery Centre
Carlisle Road
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