Open Minds


Curated by Leeds City Museum’s group of young volunteers, Open Minds looks at the history of mental health and mental illness in Leeds.

Thwaite Watermill at 30


a cat sat next to the wheel of a bicycle

Celebrating the past and present.

Since opening to the public in 1990, Thwaite Watermill has been a much loved place for people to learn about their shared past.

Sara Barker: All Clouds are Clocks, All Clocks are Clouds


Sculpture made of twisted metal in front of a painting

Sara Barker’s sculptures delicately trace lines in space. Operating on the boundary between sculpture, painting and drawing, her work incorporates a combination of industrial and sculptural materials together with collage, painting and craft techniques, to create unique forms which draw viewers into a curious spatial imagination.

Leeds to Innovation


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

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. Featuring objects and stories from great inventors both past and present, including Washington Teasdale, famed for creating what may have been Leeds’ first ‘selfie’!

Sounds of Our City


Sound of Our City Exhibit

Sounds of Our City tells the story of how the different musical styles and places of Leeds interact. Discover instruments and  equipment made in Leeds and explore the different venues associated with music in the city over the past 200 years.

Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius


Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius Exhibit

Marking 200 years of the lady with the lamp in Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius.

Explore the story of the Nightingale and her family connections to Lotherton and Leeds.

Making Japan


Close up of a piece of Japanese pottery

Celebrating everything from Samurai to Nintendo, Kimonos to Manga, this exhibition highlights the dynamic relationship between tradition and innovation as expressed by the people of this vibrant East Asian nation.

Below the Salt


Geometric artwork formed out of salt

Artist Catherine Bertola presents Below the Salt, an exhibition exploring how Temple Newsam House has been occupied over the course of its history, and how social hierarchies have been expressed through the architecture and use of materials within the building, segregating those who lived from those who worked.

Fast x Slow Fashion


Intricately detailed cloth with the corner of a black and white photograph of two women wearing period clothing

Exploring the relationship between clothes shopping and people in Leeds, from 1720 to the present day.

Discover how clothes shops have changed, and how people have sought alternative ways to consume fashion.