A collection of classical nude postcards laid out on a wooden table

History laid bare as mansion staff make surprising find

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Staff at Temple Newsam made a cheeky discovery when they found a collection of nude postcards stashed in the secret section of an antique desk. During a spot or routine upkeep, staff at the 500 year-old mansion were working on the vintage…
A black and white drawing of bird stood on a branch set against a blue painted background

Birdwatching partnership takes local older people under its wing

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A group of older people in Leeds will form a flock of budding birdwatchers this winter thanks to a heart-warming new community project. Through an innovative partnership between Leeds Museums and Galleries, arts organisation Skippko and older…
An old black and white photograph of steam trains, workers and horses

Partnership explores hidden history of Leeds’s magnificent machines

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Exported across the globe, they were the extraordinary engines which helped power Leeds to the summit of industrial excellence. But their unrivalled efficiency was also harnessed to support the growth of huge mining, railway and forced labour…
The original inventory of Temple Newsam is open and out on display

House’s 500-year-old inventory displayed for first time

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A 500-year-old checklist detailing the complete contents of Temple Newsam House when it was first built has gone on display in an exhibition exploring centuries of life above and below stairs. Compiled for Thomas, Lord Darcy, thought to be…
A birds eye view from the roof of the Tudor mansion house of Temple Newsam

High hopes for word perfect rooftop restoration project

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When notoriously shrewd Yorkshire investor Sir Arthur Ingram first commissioned the imposing lettering atop Temple Newsam House almost four centuries ago, he certainly got his money’s worth. Thought to be the wordiest architectural addition…
A city and its welcome intro panel at Leeds City Museum in 2019

West Yorkshire’s Local Authority Museums: Supporting the West Yorkshire Economy

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New figures show that last year, West Yorkshire’s local authority museum services were visited by 2,068,137 people and contributed nearly £39 million to the regional economy. Thanks to their use of local services, our museums also supported…