Entries by Gina Churchill-Straffon


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 […]

Spectacular salt patterns rediscover mansion’s rich history

Stunningly intricate patterns made using millions of grains of salt have transformed the great hall of Temple Newsam House for a new exhibition celebrating the mansion’s history. Artist Catherine Bertola has reinterpreted the story of the stunning Tudor Jacobean building’s unique architecture and its generations of residents as she brings Below the Salt to the […]

Cute new arrivals hogging the limelight as farm goes digital

They may not have met the public in person yet, but these adorable new arrivals at Temple Newsam have still been having plenty of fun on the farm. While Home Farm’s newborns get used to their surroundings, they’ve also been busy making some Facebook friends thanks to a brand new weekly video blog. Despite the […]