To mark its bicentenary they have explored the history of Leeds and how this is reflected in the city's museum collections. As well as looking back at the past, they also have one eye on the future by thinking about what this means for both the city and of the museum.
This exhibition has been co-produced with volunteers and partners from across the city and explores what is important to them. They have worked closely with others to examine themes and objects which represent the history of Leeds and its museum service. Visitors to the museum will be able to see a fascinating timeline of Leeds Museums and Galleries from its beginnings in 1821 in the Brodrick Hall, plus enjoy a series of events, activities and talks will accompany the exhibition in autumn and winter. Leeds City Museum and the excellent Leeds Art Gallery are just a short stroll from each other, whilst just next door to the latter on Victoria Gardens is where you will find the Henry Moore Institute which welcomes visitors to its galleries, Research Library and Archive to experience, study and enjoy sculpture from around the world.
There is chance to arrive in style by yellow water taxi to one of Leeds' other famous museum attractions, the Royal Armouries Museum, Britain's national museum of arms and armour. Slightly further afield from the city centre is the Thackray Museum of Medicine, a fabulous attraction which has been shortlisted for the 2021 Museum of the Year award.
Housed in one of the city's most impressive Victorian buildings, it has recently reopened again after a multimillion pound facelift and is the only museum of its kind in the North of England. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore their medical past through innovative exhibitions and since opening in 1997 has provided thousands of schoolchildren to be inspired though unique teaching of the history of medicine.
Leeds Industrial Museum and Thwaite Watermill is where you can discover more about the city's rich industrial past, whilst the Middleton Railway has close links to the same theme being home to the world's oldest continuously working railway. And no visit to Leeds is complete without exploring the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey before heading over the road to the Abbey House Museum to step back in time and experience life as a Victorian.