Entries by Sara Merritt

Historic umbrella project is a brolly good show

A collection of beautiful umbrellas is being saved for a rainy day thanks to a painstaking conservation project. More than 230 umbrellas and parasols housed at the Leeds Discovery Centre are being carefully documented and catalogued by students from the University of York working with curators from Leeds Museums and Galleries. The huge collection, which […]

Things can only get batter as vintage Leeds chippy stars in new exhibition

One of the city’s very first chippies is among the fascinating tales featured in a new exhibition exploring the people and places that helped forge a Leeds community. Hardisty’s Fisheries became one of the earliest places for locals to grab a tasty chippy tea when it opened its doors on Kirkstall Lane in the early […]

Paws for thought as museum’s menagerie gets a makeover

A remarkable menagerie of endangered animals has been getting some delicate care and attention this week as curators prepare to open a new chapter in the story of life on Earth. The one-of-a-kind collection of taxidermy at Leeds City Museum was being conserved as the attraction gets ready to welcome back visitors to its newly-revamped […]

Hip, hip hooray as curators find the whole tooth behind museum’s natural wonder

Museum experts in Leeds turned dental detectives this week to get straight to the root of an historic hippo headscratcher. The team at the Leeds Discovery Centre were preparing a colossal hippopotamus skull for display when they discovered one of the African animal’s enormous teeth was missing. After a lengthy search through a collection of […]

New chapter begins to help secure future of Kirkstall Abbey

An exciting new programme of events and activity is being put together as part of innovative plans to invest in a sustainable future for historic Kirkstall Abbey. Following a public consultation earlier this year, the project will see new entrance charges introduced for non-Leeds residents visiting the abbey ruins, helping to generate crucial income to […]