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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…
A hand wearing purple gloves is dusting a painting

Conservation in Lockdown

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Whilst our venues were closed during lockdown, our collections still needed caring for. Conservator Emma talks us through how our objects and historic houses were looked after.
A drawer full of tiger moth specimens.

Dead Inspiring: Insect collections and empowering young scientists

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Our Dead Inspiring project will inspire a new generation of female scientists and conservationists, and show that entomology is a subject for everyone to be a part of.
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