Anonymous Women in the Collection

Assistant Curator of Social History Nicola Pullan reflects on the many unamed women in the collection on #Stories day of #MuseumWeek. 

A successful Women’s History Season at Leeds City Museum!

Women in Leeds doing embroidery After nearly two months of events, talks, workshops and study days we have finally finished our Women’s History Season. We’ve heard fantastic speakers talk about a great range of subjects, and lots of people came along and learnt more about a wide range of women’s histories. We’ve learnt about women of…

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…

Ellen Terry centre stage again in Leeds

 Ellen Terry as Portia (Merchant of Venice), sketched by Jim Dodgson (Kester),a member of the Leeds Savage Club.This was probably during her 1902 tour.  The renowned Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) visited Leeds many times during her career and performed with her stage partner Henry Irving at the Leeds Grand Theatre on many occasions. We…

Miss Bradley’s tea set – a tale of factory work and marriage

Trawling through the industrial collection’s accession registers this morning, I have managed to unearth the hidden story behind one of the many unprovenanced decorative Victorian tea services we have in our stores. The story highlights the fact that although women and girls may have formed a good percentage of the workforce in many industrial mills and factories, they…