(OLD) Historical Period

Exploring the military cap badge collection

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Our cap badge collection contains almost 400 badges, each one with a fascinating history.

“Blind Alf” (Alfred Warrington Lodge)

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Find out more about Alfred Lodge, a well-known character on the streets of Leeds in the early 20th century.

The Morley Brank or Scold’s Bridle

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Discover the gruesome Morley Brank, a cruel device used to punish those who spoke out of turn as early as the 16th century.

The Travels of a Leeds Police Helmet

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A Leeds City Police badge from the Victorian era has recently come into our collection, and it's history is certainly not clean cut...

Leeds Gas Riots

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Curator Kitty Ross explores the riots that broke out in New Wortley in 1890, through objects we have in our collection.