Industrial heritage with collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering.

From the archives!


The word 'innovation' spelled out in wooden blocks on a wooden peg board

If you didn’t have chance to catch our Leeds to Innovation exhibition then check out our online archive! Uncover the untold tales behind the greatest creative innovators of our time. From Scootacars to steam engines and space food to Spirograph, explore the inventions which shaped Leeds; the City of 1,000 Trades.

Spinners of Aire


The Spinners of Aire are an open group that meet in the museum every Wednesday from 11am-2pm. Join our drop-in sessions for spinners of any level, even total beginners! No need to call ahead, just come along and the spinners will teach you.

Thread being held from a spinning mule