Social History

Sheet music for the The Kirkgate Hornpipe

Frank Kidson and the Sounds of Our City

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Sounds of Our City, the wonderful, shiny new exhibition has just opened at Abbey House Museum, looking at music over the centuries in Leeds.
A record with a red cover from Lloyds of Albion Place.

Record Shops in Leeds

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Discover the impressive history of record shops throughout Leeds.
First Leeds Festival in 1999

Leeds Festival and its Posh Predecessor

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Ahead of the upcoming Music exhibition in 2020, Ellie Parmenter has uncovered an early predecessor to the Leeds Festival we know today.

Who Should Write our Object Labels?

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With over 1.3 million objects, we've been exploring the different ways that our audiences interpret them.
a colourful drawing of a man wearing an apron and a hat, pushing a wheelbarrow filled with meats

The Forgotten Street Traders of Georgian and Victorian Britain

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Street vendors were an inherent aspect of Victorian Britain, but often forgotten...

Cross-Dressing, Elopement and Travels with Percy Shelley: the extraordinary life of Margaret King

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Whilst digitising our collection, we discovered a publication whose author has a very interesting history...