Celebrating Cistercian Women

Discover more about the daily lives of the monks of Kirkstall Abbey from archaeology curator Kat Baxter’s recent visit to a Norwegian Cistercian monastery.

Monopoly: The Leeds Edition

Explore the fascinating history of the nation’s favourite board game with placement student Chelsea Knight.

Dying Matters: Marking Burials

Curator of Archaeology Kat Baxter dishes the dirt on fascinating stone grave markers in the collection from burials in Leeds, going back thousands of years.

Excavation stories: A knuckle guard from Kirkstall Abbey Guest House

Research is currently underway on West Yorkshire Archaeology’s excavations of Kirkstall Abbey Guest House, conducted between 1979-1986. The publication will examine the various structures of the Guest House complex, and through the medium of the artefacts, look at the range of activities carried out within the buildings and the types of visitors and residents who…

An Ode to Kirkstall Abbey

 Kirkstall Abbey, by Samantha Rose Whitworth  This poem was written by on of the regular attendees of the Adult Art group who meet monthly at Abbey House. Sam Whitworth wrote this poem inspired by Kirkstall Abbey and also the painting that accompanies it. If Kirkstall Abbey inspires you, please vote for the site…

Collections through Cake: Kirkstall Abbey’s Chocolate Floor Tiles

The most recent Collections through Cake was brought to you by Kat, Curator of Archaeology. One of Leeds Museums nine sites is the beautiful ruin of Kirkstall Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery. Incidentally, Kirstall Abbey has been shortlisted in the ‘Britain’s favourite heritage site’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. Full details can…