WW1 Leeds – a timeline

Stephanie Webb reveals key moments in Leeds’ First World War history  During the centenary of World War One, the Leeds Museums young curators group, the Preservative Party, has been committed to researching and commemorating the sacrifices made by the people of Leeds. We have created WW1 Leeds, an interactive Facebook timeline documenting the story of…

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…

A WW1 Writer in Residence at Armley Mills

Robert held writing workshops at Armley Mills, Leeds, focusing on local First World War stories. As a writer of children’s books I normally take workshops with the under elevens. But my short Writer’s Residency at Armley Mills Industrial Museum last week enabled me to work with the over elevens for a change! Some participants in…

Women’s History Season at Leeds City Museum

This March and April we are putting on our first season of talks, events and study days relating specifically to women’s history. Why are we holding these events? Traditionally history has focussed on the lives of those that were thought of as the important figures in society – politicians, rulers, soldiers etc. – but the vast…

The 1941 Leeds City Museum bombing

  Bomb damage to Leeds City Museum, 1941 (Courtesy of the Yorkshire Evening News) 15th March 1941 was a dark day for Leeds Museums and the moment everything changed is recorded forever on this weather chart which was recording atmospheric pressure in the meteorological window of the museum.  The moment of the blast is indicated…