Museums and Heritage

Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is a museum whose collection of 20th-century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection “of national importance”. Its collection also includes 19th-century and earlier art works. The gallery opened on 3 October 1888 as Leeds City Art Gallery and was paid for by public subscription, collected in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

White Cloth Gallery Showcase for emerging and established artists hosting workshops, screenings and book signings. It is located in the heart of the city, White Cloth Gallery first opened its doors in April 2012 and now serves a wide range of local cask ales, speciality cocktails, handmade pizzas and tasty tapas while planning some of the best private and public events known to Leeds.

Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England is housed in the gatehouse of the ruined Kirkstall Abbey, and is a Grade II* listed building. The house is 3 miles north west of Leeds city centre on the A65 road. The museum opened in July 1927. The ground floor of the museum is set out as an area of Victorian streets, illustrating a range of shops and services and including original shop fittings etc.

Thwaite Mills is an industrial museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is a fully restored working water-powered mill built in 1823-25, harnessing the power of the River Aire, and claims to be “one of the best last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain.”

The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is a museum of the history of medicine adjacent to St James’s University Hospital. In 1998 it won “Museum of the Year” and has other awards including in 2004 both the “Excellence in England Small Tourist Attraction of the Year” and “Sandford Award for Heritage Education”.

Leeds City Museum, originally established in 1819, reopened on 13 September 2008 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is housed in the former Mechanics’ Institute built by Cuthbert Brodrick, in Cookridge Street (now Millennium Square), which has been redeveloped to a design by Austin-Smith:Lord architects and Buro Happold engineers. Gallery and exhibit design is provided by Redman Design.

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