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Leeds Museums: Leeds Through Time

Leeds Museums: Leeds Through Time
Written by Izzy Bartley - Leeds Museums   24/04/2020

Need a helping hand or looking for inspiration for home schooling? The city’s cultural organisations are here to help with the award-winning Leeds Curriculum, spearheaded by Leeds Museums and Galleries. The 38 stories that make up the Leeds Curriculum are aimed at primary aged children. They cover five different themes: Leeds through Time, Leeds at War, Creativity in Leeds, Industrial Leeds, and Leeds Society and Community. Everything is free to access and use to support learning.

In a series of blogposts we’ll take each one in turn and delve deeper into what’s on offer and this week we're looking at Leeds through Time.

The five learning stories included in this theme span prehistory through to the Victorians.

From prehistoric hippos roaming Armley, to the glittering medieval treasure of the Yorkshire Hoard, the land in and around Leeds is full to the brim with fascinating objects and stories just waiting to be discovered.

The Roman in Leeds resource reveals a contrasting world of forgeries and exquisite murals, and check out the Tudor learning story to discover how the humble sheep and the River Aire helped put Leeds on the map as an important market town. The Victorian Leeds resource brings this theme to a close, telling the story of how the Industrial Revolution helped transform the city into a powerhouse of manufacturing.

The stark differences between the experiences of rich and poor are also explored.

Each learning story comes complete with discussion and activity ideas and many include downloadable resources. The Leeds Curriculum is hosted on MyLearning, a hub website that holds over 200 learning stories created by arts, cultural and heritage organisations from around the country.


Queen Victoria’s Visit to Leeds
7th September 1858. Artist's impression of Queen Victoria's visit to Leeds to open the new Town Hall. The view shows the Royal party at the junction of Boar Lane and Briggate, where there are elaborate decorations.
Image: © Leeds Libraries and Information Services

The West Yorkshire Hoard
This collection of early medieval treasure was found in 2008-2009 in the Leeds area. It mostly consists of very high quality gold jewellery. Seven items were found, including four gold rings, a fragment of a brooch, a piece of gold ingot and a lead spindle whorl. It is thought to have been buried sometime around the 10th century. Image: Leeds Museums and Galleries

First Map of Leeds 1560
The first map of Leeds from 1560, it was created because of an argument about a corn mill.
Image courtesy of The National Archives

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