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Thwaite Watermill at 30

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Thwaite Watermill is of the last examples of a working water-powered mill in Britain, and 2020 marks 30 years since it became a museum. Visitor assistant Chloe Fowler shares it's fascinating history.
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Bai Bureh and Sierra Leone

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John McGoldrick tells the inspiring story of Bai Bureh, the Sierra Leone chief and military leader who led the revolt against colonial taxation.
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Follow the Money! Acknowledging Colonialism in Leeds Industry

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Industrial history is steeped in colonialism, which is too often brushed over in museum collections. Curator John McGoldrick says it's time museums account for where and how our industries have flourished.
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Leeds During WW2

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Discover the story of Leeds during the Second World War, in our latest blog by Chloe Fowler.
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Let’s Talk About Segs

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Find out why the soles of your shoes owe their longevity to a factory in Armley, in our latest industrial history blog.

Workshops

A older lady and a young boy in traditional work clothing in a Victorian mill setting with looms in the background

Virtual Classroom: Mill Children

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Learn all about the mill children of Victorian Britain in our virtual classroom workshop which goes under the ropes and behind the scenes at Leeds Industrial Museum.