Entries by Gina Churchill-Straffon


Regal bedroom’s upkeep is a right royal affair

Once hailed as the most beautiful woman in England and a famously close confidant of The Prince of Wales, Lady Isabella Hertford was certainly no stranger to the finer things in life. So it’s not surprising that even after three centuries, looking after the flamboyant aristocrat’s beautiful bedroom is a task that requires the utmost […]


Mill’s milestone exhibition is a breath of fresh Aire

For centuries it helped swell the surging waters of British industry by harnessing the power of the River Aire. From making oil that powered some of the world’s first locomotives to manufacturing putty that repaired London after The Blitz, Thwaite Watermill played an important part in Leeds becoming a powerhouse of production. Today an online […]


Mansion’s illuminated windows bring a touch of glass to Christmas

A series of stunning illuminated Christmas scenes have transformed the windows of 500-year-old Temple Newsam House into a giant festive montage. Created by one of the house’s visitor assistants, each of the beautiful images depicts one of the traditional verse of the Twelve Day of Christmas and has been designed for people to enjoy safely […]


Youth group’s prestigious award win is picture perfect

A project giving budding curators in Leeds the chance to work with one of the country’s top contemporary art collections has scooped a prestigious industry award. Leeds Art Gallery’s Youth Art Collective received the Volunteers for Museum Learning award for Yorkshire from The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust during an online ceremony attended […]


History laid bare as mansion staff make surprising find

Staff at Temple Newsam made a cheeky discovery when they found a collection of nude postcards stashed in the secret section of an antique desk. During a spot or routine upkeep, staff at the 500 year-old mansion were working on the vintage piece of furniture located in one of the house’s back rooms. Realising that […]


Birdwatching partnership takes local older people under its wing

A group of older people in Leeds will form a flock of budding birdwatchers this winter thanks to a heart-warming new community project. Through an innovative partnership between Leeds Museums and Galleries, arts organisation Skippko and older people’s support network Armley Helping Hands, the group is being encouraged to spot and identify the birds they […]

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