Leeds Migration Stories

Discover the colourful histories behind our city’s many communities with David Harrison.

Conserving a Tibetan Headdress

A rare Tibetan headdress with gorgeous turquoise and coral stones has just been conserved for display in Himalayan Fashion by Karen Horton.

Inspired by Nepal

Uncover the adventures of Curator Antonia Lovelace as she embarks on a field trip to Nepal, to add to our extensive World Cultures collection.

Lotus Flowers are Blooming in Leeds

With the summer in full swing and flowers in full bloom, Libo Zhu explores the symbolism and histories behind the Chinese Lotus artefacts in our World Cultures collection.

Dying Matters

World Cultures Curator Antonia Lovelace gives a sneak preview of the new Dying Matters display at Leeds City Museum Death is perhaps the one experience that unites people the world over. But even though every person experiences death and dying, we can often shy away from talking about it. The curators and community team at…

Faces in Japanese Art

Looking at Japanese faces in the Leeds collections Japanese Kokeshi dolls from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collections Woodblock print of Kokeshi dolls by Kaoru Kawano    As a keen reader of Japanese manga and a fan of Japanese style, I was interested in looking at the range of masks and dolls in the Leeds Museums…

Dragon Ball Z comes to Leeds Museums!

Creating an action adventure display By Anawara Begum (Voices of Asia Project Placement Student) I am a big fan of Japanese anime and Dragon Ball Z in particular. After discussion with the world cultures curator Antonia we took a proposal to the Collection Development Committee that Leeds acquire a Dragon Ball Z Cell Saga poster,…

Mystery mug – the Jamaican connection

Creamware mug, early 19th century, Red Girls for EverThis photograph was taken by Norman Taylor for Leeds Museums and Galleries and is licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA This creamware mug has been part of the Leeds Museums collection since it was donated by Alderman Percival Tookey Leigh in 1933. It was originally attributed…

Sepik Art at Leeds Museums

Last week I was in Paris for the opening of a stunning exhibition on Sepik art at the Musee de Quai Branly, and a two day workshop on The Materiality of Sepik societies in 2015. The exhibition coincides with the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea’s independence. The Sepik River is an area with a…

My Quest for Chinese Tigers at Leeds Museums

Objects do not easily give up their secrets, but for every secret they divulge many more are yet to be discovered.  When I was asked to research an object in the Voices of Asia exhibition at Leeds City Museum, I was keen to find a small and little-known item, something that might have been previously…