Entries by Gina Churchill-Straffon


Time for tea at Temple Newsam as festival gets set to cause a stir

As one of the very first places in the country to make a good cuppa, it was the birthplace of a timeless Yorkshire tradition. Now visitors to Temple Newsam can be part of a stirring story that stretches back more than 370 years as the historic estate brews up for its first ever tea festival. […]


Last stop for Leeds antique super model as Salamanca comes home

The world’s oldest model locomotive is back home in Leeds more than two centuries after it helped spark a global railway revolution. Made in 1811 by famous engineer Matthew Murray, the precious model has arrived safely at Leeds Industrial Museum where it will now take pride of place in an exhibition celebrating some of the […]


All aboard as museum goes loco for trains celebration

They were the industrious steam-powered stalwarts that put Leeds on the right track to becoming the pride of the nation’s railways. And later this month the city’s impressive collection of locomotives will once again be taking centre stage during a spectacular celebration of the wonderful world of trains. Leeds Industrial Museum’s popular Trains, Trains, Trains […]


Yorkshire designer’s colourful work finds new home in Leeds

She was the little-known Yorkshire artist whose eye-catching creations encapsulated the wave of optimism which swept across post-war Britain. Now a colourful collection of work by prolific designer Sheila Bownas has found a new home in Leeds as part of a quest to see her celebrated as a leading light in 20th Century creativity. The Sheila […]


Wine cooler’s time to shine as house team puts in a polished performance

As the ultimate jaw-dropping party accessory, it was specially designed to dazzle envious aristocrats. And this week Temple Newsam’s gigantic silver wine cooler has been getting a bit of added sparkle as staff polish it up to impress a new generation of visitors to the historic mansion. The second largest of its kind anywhere in […]


Opera projects finds common threads between textile workers a world apart

A fascinating new partnership project has begun to weave together the histories of female textile workers in Leeds and Shanghai through the power of Chinese opera. To coincide with celebrations for Chinese New Year, the project has seen Leeds Industrial Museum team up with researchers at the University of Leeds to explore the commonalities between […]

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