Leeds

Since its origins the museum has been   continually shaped by the changes of the   city, so to celebrate they are staging a special exhibition to look back at just how it has evolved over time.

 

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.

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