Collections

The best Zoo in Leeds? A Day at Wildlife World at Lotherton

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure filled with fascinating animals and beautiful surroundings, look no further than Leeds Wildlife World at Lotherton, top Leeds Zoo attraction. Nestled in the picturesque countryside of North…

Diary of a Victorian Teenager, Episode Two

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This time on Diary of a Victorian Teenager  we delve into the diaries of Marianne Nicholson we hear news of her relations in Australia, and learn about transportation and colonialisation.

Boxing Belt Mystery Thickens…

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Previously we wrote about a mystery boxer’s belt found in our collection with no other information associated with it. Since then, thanks to one of our volunteers, we have learned some more about the belt – and learned that there’s more…
An ornate frame with a painting of a Victorian Woman

Diary of a Victorian Teenager

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Have you ever watched a period drama and wondered what was really going on in the minds of teenagers at that time? Steph and Kath open the amazing Lotherton archives to share some of the secrets hidden inside, and explore what life was like…

What can a dress tell us? A look at cotton and the cotton industry

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Discover what this cotton dress can tell us about the history of the cotton industry and how people's attitudes towards fashion have changed over the last 200 years.
Painting of two huias - black birds, one with a long curved beak and the other with a shorter beak

Decolonising our Life On Earth Gallery

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Find out how we've become more open about the colonial history of some of our collection through refreshing the Life On Earth gallery at Leeds City Museum.