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3 Mar 2018 - 30 Dec 2018

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Abbey House Museum

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH

How have we chosen to remember those close to us in the past? How important are objects, places and actions in helping us tell personal stories today about those we have lost?

This new display, co-curated with University of Leeds, reflects on how commemoration has changed since the Victorian era, and features contributions from people living in Leeds today.

See never before displayed objects, many of which have been loaned by the public. Smell boxes contain scents that people have voted the most evocative of relatives who have died, from tobacco smoke to tomato plants and carbolic soap.

Alongside more traditional mourning objects on display, such as samplers, postcards and inscribed shells are some unusual and touching artefacts, like a patchwork quilt made from naming cards, which once belonged to Woodside Church in Horsforth. A school satchel case from an uncle who died in the 1940s, a relative’s writing case that is still used today and a WW1 munitions shell.

As a museum of social history, Abbey House Museum was felt to be an ideal venue to host the display. Our permanent Victorian street display includes a Mourning Warehouse and an imitation Victorian undertakers. 

For opening times and ticket prices visit the Abbey House Museum website.

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

Adults - £4.95, Concessions £4.00
Child - £2.50 - Children under 5 years - free.
Family - £10.50
Groups - £4.00

  • Wheelchair access

Induction loop, minicom and lift access are all available. Toilets including disabled facilities available.

  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair access
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