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Dead Inspiring Women in Science: Rachel Carson

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Celebrate International Women's Day with the story of scientist Rachel Carson, who exposed the harmful effects of pesticides.
Posters celebrating Decimalisation Day

Happy Birthday Decimal Currency

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50 years ago we swapped shillings for pounds. Kat Baxter explores the switch to Decimal Currency through objects in our collection in our latest blog.
A photograph of 3 young girls. They are all wearing coats and hats and two of them are holding dolls. Two are sat on some stools.

The Howdills of Hanover Square

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Duncan McCargo has been researching the lives of The Howdill family, who lived on Hanover Square in Leeds from 1907 to 1993. The twist: they lived in the house he now lives in!
lots of used teasles in a pile

A Tale of Teazles

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Volunteer Rob teases out the fascinating history of teazles and their importance to many industries in our latest blog.
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.
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