Entries by Gina Churchill-Straffon


Partnership explores hidden history of Leeds’s magnificent machines

Exported across the globe, they were the extraordinary engines which helped power Leeds to the summit of industrial excellence. But their unrivalled efficiency was also harnessed to support the growth of huge mining, railway and forced labour operations in hundreds of colonial territories. Now, thanks to an innovative partnership project at Leeds Industrial Museum, new […]


House’s 500-year-old inventory displayed for first time

A 500-year-old checklist detailing the complete contents of Temple Newsam House when it was first built has gone on display in an exhibition exploring centuries of life above and below stairs. Compiled for Thomas, Lord Darcy, thought to be the house’s first official resident, the fascinating inventory would have served as comprehensive stocktake of his […]


High hopes for word perfect rooftop restoration project

When notoriously shrewd Yorkshire investor Sir Arthur Ingram first commissioned the imposing lettering atop Temple Newsam House almost four centuries ago, he certainly got his money’s worth. Thought to be the wordiest architectural addition of its kind anywhere in Britain, the lengthy statement still spans the rooftop today and is one of the mansion’s most […]

City’s museums and galleries give NHS workers a tasty boost

Museums and galleries across Leeds have being doing their bit to help fuel front line staff working hard in the region’s hospitals. A number of the city’s historic sites took the difficult decision to close their doors earlier this week as part of a city-wide effort to minimise the spread of Coronavirus. But big-hearted staff […]

Retro computer makes exhibition’s online reboot easy PC

It might not the most attractive piece of hardware for the modern home office. But the retro Leeds-made Systime computer is still a captivating keystroke in the history of British technology. The nostalgic number-cruncher is among the exhibits featuring in Leeds to Innovation, a newly-online exhibition exploring some of Leeds’s most impressive inventions. It was […]

Spot the difference as historic photo is recreated for Museum Selfie Day

An historic photo thought to be one of the world’s oldest selfies has been recreated more than 130-years after it was first captured by a pioneering Leeds inventor. The eye-catching original was taken by trailblazing Leeds-born astronomer and engineer Washington Teasdale in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey back in 1883 and has been reimagined to […]

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