Arthur Louis Aaron: A WW2 Hero From Leeds

Uncover the heroic story of Arthur Louis Aaron: an RAF pilot from Leeds who “set an example of devotion to duty which has seldom been equaled and never surpassed”.

The Sternberg WW1 Postcard Collection

Every postcard can tell a story and give us a glimpse into the past. As we continue to remember the centenary of the First World War and the people of Leeds involved, we would like to focus on the postcards of Vincent William Sternberg. Several years ago, Leeds Museums and Galleries were given a donation…

No Happily Ever After – Nursery Rhymes and Political Cartoons

As a placement student at Abbey House Museum, I get to spend my time looking through their fantastic collections. I’m currently helping develop some initial ideas for an upcoming exhibition on Fantasy and Fairy Tales. Everyday I’m surprised by what I find here at Abbey House, and today I’m excited to share one of those…

History under the floorboards

Among the recent donations to Leeds Museums was this collection of “rubbish” which was found under the floorboards of a house in Roundhay.  The scraps of paper, torn-up letters and old cigarette packets might easily have been thrown away but the flat’s owners knew the history of the house and took a closer look.  Several…

No silver lining for Edward Penty (all that glitters is not gold)

I asked one our research volunteers, Becki Robertson, to investigate the history behind this advertising card in the museum collections.  She writes “Edward Penty produced a flier advertising his business. We knew from the pamphlet that he was an electroplater, that he had taken over the business from one Henry Burgess, and that he was…

A picture of royalty

With everyone getting ready for this year’s jubilee celebrations, images of the Queen and royal family are everywhere. Even our own City Museum is hosting a wonderful exhibition of photographs of the Queen taken by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton – kindly on loan to us from the V & A. Recently, I have been looking at…

Life before a txt msg.

The 21st century is most certainly a digital age. Almost all written communications are based around those transmitted electronically, through emails, broadcasts, printed letters, advertisements, and text messages. This is now the most common and accepted way in which to communicate with someone, taking over from the once preferred method of hand-writing documents that previously…