A black and white photo of a man in a boat on a pond outside Thwaite Watermill

Thwaite Watermill at 30

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Thwaite Watermill is of the last examples of a working water-powered mill in Britain, and 2020 marks 30 years since it became a museum. Visitor assistant Chloe Fowler shares it's fascinating history.
A man under arrest sat down with a guard behind him

Bai Bureh and Sierra Leone

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John McGoldrick tells the inspiring story of Bai Bureh, the Sierra Leone chief and military leader who led the revolt against colonial taxation.
A piece of cotton with a pink printed countryside scene, featuring 2 cows 2 people in old fashioned dress and a tree

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: Everyday cotton

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Vanessa Jones explains how intrinsic slavery was in the production of cotton goods in the final post in our Re-framing the Dress and Textile Collection series.
A blue and purple printed textile with colonial figures

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: A toile

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In the second blog post in our Re-framing the Collection series, Vanessa Jones explains how this historic textile shows the exploitation of African slaves and Native Americans in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: Embroidered maps

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Many textile objects that reflect black history are historic pieces. In this blog, curator Vanessa explains why our embroidered maps are so closely linked with the transatlantic slave trade story.
Assistant curator of Textiles and costume makes final tweaks to an outfit on display at Leeds City Museum

City’s museums and galleries welcome back visitors

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Museum-lovers in Leeds can rediscover millions of years of history now council-run venues across the city have officially reopened. Leeds Museums and Galleries sites closed earlier this year as part of a city-wide effort to control the spread…