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Follow the Money! Acknowledging Colonialism in Leeds Industry

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Industrial history is steeped in colonialism, which is too often brushed over in museum collections. Curator John McGoldrick says it's time museums account for where and how our industries have flourished.
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Leeds During WW2

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Discover the story of Leeds during the Second World War, in our latest blog by Chloe Fowler.
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Let’s Talk About Segs

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Find out why the soles of your shoes owe their longevity to a factory in Armley, in our latest industrial history blog.
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Third Class to Pandharpur

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Curator John McGoldrick tells the story of an unhappy traveller on the Basri Light Railway in India, on a pilgrimage in the 1930s. Find out how Leeds Forge Company was to blame...

Samson Fox and Leeds Forge: From the Banks of the Aire to the Cote d’Azure

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Discover the immense influence of Samson Fox, who made his fortune through pioneering products manufactured by Leeds Forge.

Mary Wood: Dewsbury’s Wool Queen

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Uncover the story of Mary Wood, Dewsbury’s Wool Queen from 1931-32, in light of the Queens of Industry exhibition.