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Yorkshire Wool Week

Basket of wool

15 October 2012 - 21 October 2012

Throughout October Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills will be celebrating all things wool.


Local schools, other groups and museum visitors have been busy making pompoms over the last year, to turn in the sheep. The museums' very own 'flock of sheep' will be on display all month from the 6th October.

We would like to pass our thanks on to everyone who took part; Robin Hood Primary School, Hill Top Primary School, Halton District Brownies, Moortown Nursery, Batley Hall Nursing and Residential Home and the Trefoil Guild.

The fashion Design Challenge - The museum has been working with students from Priesthorpe High School, they visited site to find out all about the history and processes involved in making and designing clothes, from raw fleece up to finished garment. Then they got creative, by designing and making items of clothing inspired by the history of the woollen  industry. The pupils even made their own patterns. The quality of work produced is amazing a big thank you to the staff and pupils for working with us on this brilliant project.

And lets not forget the week of celebrations during Wool Week.

Highlights during the week include;
• An exhibition of work designed by graduate fashion students form Huddersfield University.
• ‘baa ram ewe’ will be running workshops, in conjunction with Rowan Yarns, the Natural Dye Studio and some of the UK’s leading knitting designers.
• An exhibition the Knitting and Crochet Guild.
• a chance to see the cloth that created the James Bond suit - worn by Daniel Craig – woven in Huddersfield – courtesy of Taylor & Lodge.
• ‘live’ demonstrations of a working spinning mule – courtesy of Hainsworth Mill.

If you love wool and want to get involved please do phone us or pop in to see what’s going on.

Price:   Usual admission applies.

Contact details:   Please contact the musuem direct if you have any queries.

Please note Sunday opening time is 1pm to 4pm.

Additional information:  


Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills 

Canal Road
LS12 2QF

t.   0113 263 7861


Once the world’s largest woollen mills, today this museum presents a fascinating insight into the city’s industrial heritage.


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Tea and coffee facilities
Education facilities
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Picnic area


Follow the link on the right for more information about access at the museum.

Public transport  

Find your way to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills By bus: Bus number 5 operates between Leeds Railway Station and Armley Mills Museum. Bus numbers 33 33A 508 and 757 travel from the city centre to the Vue Cinema complex on Kirkstall Road. Access to Armley Mills is available behind the complex over the foot bridge. By train: The nearest train station is Burley Park which is a 1 mile walk from the Museum. Leeds Railway Station is 1.6 miles from the museum. By car: If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS12 2QF. By foot: Armley mills is around a 30 minute walk from Leeds train station and is also accessible by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal tow path. To walk from the station turn left onto Wellington Street then continue onto Kirkstall Road (A65) for 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Viaduct Road and continue for 0.3 miles then continue onto Canal Road. Armley mills will be on the right. To access the Leeds and Liverpool Canal tow path from Leeds train station head south on New Station Stret and take the pedestrian tunnel stairs and continue onto Wharf Approach. You will be walking on the canal towpath for about 30 minutes. You can access the museum directly from the canal path or leave the canal at Canal Road and follow the road around. The museum will be on your right. By bike: It will take you around 20 minutes to cycle from Leeds Train Station - please use the walking directions above. Bike racks are available on site and bikes can be hired from www.bikeandgo.co.uk/locations.php at the city station. Please contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676 or visit www.wymetro.com.


There is free parking at the front of the museum with disabled parking immediately outside of the Museum entrance.

Additional parking is available in the Vue Cinema complex on Kirkstall Road.

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