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 Adult Programme


Abbey House Museum runs a varied programme of events for adults, from fascinating talks and study days to workshops with local artists.

You'll find up-to-date events listings for Abbey House Museum on the What's On website and in the menu below.

Click to expandAdult Talk Series

Abbey House Museum runs programmes of talks themed around our exhibitions. Here's our 2017 line-up!

The Water Babies and the issue of child chimney sweeps
3 October, 2.30pm, 2.30pm
Kitty Ross examines the true stories behind Charles Kingsley's novel.

‘Oh Yes It Is!’ - Panto in the Leeds collections
5 December, 2.30pm
We get together with Leeds Libraries to reveal pantomime treasures from both our collections

Funny Tales and Fancy Frocks: Leeds Pantomime Memories
12 December, 2.30pm
Leeds Pantomime veteran Maureen Kershaw tells of the thrills and spills of panto from the 1970s onwards.

How to book:

Tickets cost £5 and include admission to the museum.

To book please telephone 0113 3784079 or email

Click to expandCraft Workshops

​Throughout 2017, we'll be hosting a range of craft workshops run by local artists.

Felt Folklore with thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles
16 Sept, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Learn how to create fabulous felt folklore creatures inspired by the Fairy Tales and Fantasy exhibition. Your creations can be made into brooches and charms to decorate your favourite accessories or to give as a gift.  All materials provided, suitable for beginner to intermediate skill levels.

£11.21 per person
Contact Hayley at to reserve your place.

Illuminated Appliqué with thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles
16 Sept 2pm until 4pm

Learn how to create your own stitched circuit to illuminate an appliquéd picture inspired by the Fairy Tales and Fantasy exhibition. Your light up creation makes a great picture.

£13.33 per person. Email to reserve a place.

Stained glass workshop with Samantha Yates*
14 October 12pm - 4pm

A fun introduction to the art of Tiffany stained glass making, covering the basic techniques of glass cutting, copper foiling and soldering. Create a Fairytale Castle (10 June) or Haunted Tree (14 Oct).

£45 per person. Email to reserve your place or visit to book.

* Please note: pregnant women should consult a GP before booking a place on stained glass workshops.

Princess and the Pea illustration workshop, with Made in the Middle Illustration
4 November, 1pm - 4.30pm

A  step-by-step demonstration-led session to create frameable storybook style illustrations of the Princess and her famous bed. These will combine beautiful Russian watercolour - with ink finishes - and a touch of sheer glamour (of course). Previous drawing experience is not essential.  All quality materials are provided.

£15 per person. Email to reserve a place.​

Perfume Making with artist Michael Borkowsky
18 November, 2-4pm
A  fantastic opportunity to create your own perfume, with all the inspiration and materials you will need! Discover perfumes relevant to Fairy Tales – from the woody scents of enchanted forests to floral scents of love potions and scented depictions of fairytale characters
£15 per person
To book: e-mail Michael at

Click to expandStudy Days

Abbey House Museum runs a range of study days on everything from the history of Leeds' retail past to how our ancestors spent their leisure time.

All study days cost £10 per person (no concessions), which includes lunch in our café. To book, call 0113 3784079 or email

2017 programme:

11am-3pm Thursday 14 September 2017

Join us to explore what it was like to be a children over the last century and explore our childhood galleries and related collections.

Building 19th Century Leeds
11am-3pm Thursday 23 November 

 Come and find out how the buildings of Leeds have come to reflect the lives of the people who live here and how Leeds became a great Victorian City.

Check the What's On website for upcoming dates