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Detail of the top of a yellow silk ballgown with puffed short sleeves and a scooped neckline

What to Wear in the 1800s

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Delve into the conundrum of what to wear as a wealthy woman in the 1800s.
Curator of Archaeology holding a sceat

Museum’s new tiny treasure is small change

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A tiny coin which lay buried beneath the Yorkshire soil for more than 1,300 years has been banked by a Leeds museum. The ancient treasure is an example of a sceat, among the littlest coins ever made in Britain, and was unearthed by an eagle-eyed…
A sepia photograph of a captain in the army

Captain James Walker Foreman

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Leeds-born Captain James Walker Foreman flew 637 hours on the front line in World War One, and survived a bullet wound from below.
1906 Ordinance survey map (published 1908)

Skating in Edwardian Leeds

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In 1909, there were 5 skating rinks in Leeds. Using historic maps, Catherine Robins has found out exactly where they were and what became of the buildings after they closed.
Detail of the sleeve and top half of a white ball gown

Silhouettes & Shapewear

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Explore the dos and don'ts of showing off your body in the 1800s.
A clay sculpture of grey torsos attached to each other, and different coloured hands coming out of the sleeves

Jill McKnight: Desire Lines commission with Leeds Art Gallery and the British Library

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Artist Jill McKnight describes the process behind creating the Desire Lines exhibition, influenced by Leeds Art Gallery’s collection and the British Library's sound archive.

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