History and heritage in Leeds

Abbey House Museum

Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds
Leeds LS5 3EH

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Based in the heart of the Kirkstall community, Abbey House was once the gatehouse for Kirkstall Abbey. Displays in the museum enable you to steep yourself in the romantic history of the abbey. Collections: The museum holds large and important social history collections. This includes an archive relating to the Suffragette campaigns of Mrs Leonora Cohen (b.1873) who was one of the first women in Leeds to start campaigning for votes for women. Leeds Museums have been collecting toys, dolls and games since at least the 1920s and now hold one of the major collections in the country.

Dog Collar Museum at Leeds Castle, The

The Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle
Maidstone ME17 1PL

A unique collection of historic and fascinating dog collars has been built up over the years and is now the only one of its kind in Great Britain. Mrs. Gertrude Hunt most generously presented her collection of collars to the Leeds Castle Foundation in memory of her husband, John Hunt, the distinguished medievalist. The collection of over 100 collars and related exhibits has since been added to and enhanced by the Foundation itself.

Harewood House

Harewood House Trust, Harewood
Leeds LS17 9LG

harewood.org

One of England's greatest country houses, created by architect John Carr and designer Robert Adam, furnished by master cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale and set in a landscape created by 'Capability' Brown. The House, renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors, contains a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections from Italian Renaissance masterpieces and Turner watercolours to contemporary works. Lord Harewood's mother, HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal, lived at Harewood for 35 years and much of her Royal memorabilia is still displayed.

Home Farm

Temple Newsam Estate
Leeds LS15 0AD

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Displays set in the original Georgian and Victorian farm buildings bring to life the stories of the past. Home Farm is now the largest working Rare Breeds Farm in Europe with over 400 animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.

Horsforth Village Museum

5 The Green, Horsforth
Leeds LS18 5JB

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Horsforth was once described as the largest village in England and has somehow managed to retain some of its village like identity, character and sense of community. The museum aims to reflect this heritage in its interesting exhibits which are drawn from all aspects of life in and around Horsforth and have a great nostalgia and educational value.

Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall Road
Leeds LS5 3EH

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One of the best preserved abbeys in Britain, Kirkstall Abbey is a spectacular and picturesque ruin. Founded in the 12th centruy by Cistertain monks, it was closed down in 1539 by Henry VIII. This fascinating archeological site has been sought after as the subject matter for famous paintings by JMW Turner and Thomas Girton.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
Maidstone ME17 1PL

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Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle's history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.

Leeds City Museum

Millennium Square
Leeds LS2 8BH

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Experience a world of discovery... explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Come face-to-face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.____

Leeds Civic Trust

17-19 Wharf Street
Leeds LS2 7EQ

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Leeds has a distinct and attractive built heritage, from its beginnings as a trading centre for cloth through its development as an industrial city to its current status as a regional capital. Its medieval origins, its Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, its streets and arcades, all contribute to that distinctive character. Leeds Civic Trust celebrates that heritage through its Blue Plaques scheme, its walks and events, its co-ordination of Heritage Open Days, and its list of Heritage at Risk.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Canal Rd, Armley
Leeds LS12 2QF

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Formerly the largest woollen mill in the world, Armley Mills is now a museum which explores Leeds' rich industrial past. Displays cover the local textiles and clothing industries, printing, cinematography, photography and engineering.

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre

Carlisle Road
Leeds LS10 1LB

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Home to a million wonders.. Leeds Museum Discovery Centre is the city's purpose built museum storage and conservation facility. As only 5% of Leeds Museums and Galleries collections can be displayed at only one time, the Discovery Centre houses objects not on permanent display at other sites across the city. From elephant skulls to a medieval log boat, discover many more treasures with regular behind the scenes tours and family activities.

Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Lane, Aberford
Leeds LS25 3EB

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Lotherton Hall is a beautiful country house surrounded by historic gardens. Formerly the home of the Gascoigne family, it evokes a world of high Edwardian living.

Marks in Time Exhibition: Marks & Spencer Company Archive

Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, off Clarendon Road
Leeds LS2 9LZ

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Did you know M&S was born in Leeds? Discover our story and unlock the fascinating journey that has made M&S one of Britain's best loved retailers. Explore our Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover some fascinating facts from over 130 years of M&S history. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the Marks In Time Exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the development of the business from 1884 to the present day.

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway Trust Ltd, The Station, Moor Road, Hunslet
Leeds LS10 2JQ

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Having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1758, the Middleton Railway, Leeds, can claim to be the oldest working railway in the world. It also played host to the first commercially successful, revenue earning, steam locomotives which entered service there in 1812. Collections: Includes standard gauge industrial railway locomotives and some narrow gauge. The core collection is of Leeds-built locomotives, although other cities and indeed countries are represented.

Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Leeds, The

University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

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The University of Leeds has rare and signficant collections relating to its scientific and technological past. Areas represented include physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and geology.

Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive
Leeds LS10 1LT

royalarmouries.org

Home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. Collections: The collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day. It includes royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars; British and foreign military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and MOD Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons, as well as an exceptional collection of oriental arms and armour.

Special Collections, Leeds University Library

Leeds University Library, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane
Leeds LS2 9JT

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Free to all visitors, the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds holds exceptional collections on a vast variety of subjects. We welcome you to research the area of your interest in the Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Reading Room, whether for formal academic study or personal interest.

Sporting Heritage Community Interest Company

49 Wesley Road
Leeds LS28 6EJ

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We aim to support the preservation and access to sporting heritage using a practical, pro-active approach. We manage the National Sporting Heritage Day.

Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam Rd, Off Selby Rd
Leeds LS15 0AE

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This magnificent Tudor-Jacobean house, was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots, and for 300 years the home of the Ingram family until it was bought by Leeds from Lord Halifax in 1922. Temple Newsam is home to outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts.

Thackray Museum

Near St James's Hospital, Beckett Street
Leeds LS9 7LN

thackraymuseum.org

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Leeds street and see brave developments in surgery and healthcare. Collections: The museum collection has over 35,000 objects which, in particular, include a vast range of surgical instruments dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics.

Thoresby Society Library & Archive Collection, The

Claremont, Clarendon Road
Leeds LS2 9SZ

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The Thoresby Society is named after Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), the first historian of the town. Since its foundation in 1889 the society has published books about Leeds, including the transcripts of the parish registers.

Thwaite Mills Watermill

Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton
Leeds LS10 1RP

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Thwaite Mills is one of the only fully restored working water-powered mills in Yorkshire. With over 300 years of industrial history, a tour of this early 19th century watermill presents a fascinating insight into life and times of the putty mill and its owners, the Horn family.

ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

University of Leeds International Textiles Archive, St Wilfred's Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, Moorland Road, The University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles was founded in 1892, and includes textiles and other design material, particularly featuring European and Asian textiles. The collection was established as a research and teaching resource, but has always been available to a wider public.

West Yorkshire Archive Service (Leeds)

WYAS, Nepshaw Lane South, Morley
Leeds LS27 7JQ

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The West Yorkshire Archive Service exists to preserve the county's heritage of historical documents and to help members of the public make use of them. Collecting and preserves historical records of all kinds dating from the 12th century to the present day.

Yorkshire Archaeological Society

Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road
Leeds LS2 9NZ

yas.org.uk

Yorkshire Archaeological Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire's historical past. It was founded in 1863 by a group of eminent citizens to study and preserve antiquities in the Huddersfield area.