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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!

Moonlight Fantasies
7 March, 2.30pm
Eveleigh Bradford reveals the life and work of Leeds artist Atkinson Grimshaw.

Beware Dragons From the East!
28 March, 2.30pm
World Cultures Antonia Lovelace looks at stories and folklore linked to dragons in our collections.

Fairy Tale Illustrations
6 June, 2.30pm - Kitty Ross
A peep into imaginary worlds through ephemera and amazing illustrations

Anthropomorphising Animals
20 Sept, 2.30pm
Why do we enjoy telling stories, painting pictures of animals in human clothes? asks Natural Sciences Curator Rebecca Machin.

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.

Perfume Making with artist Michael Borkowsky
11 March, 22 July, 21 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

Felt Folklore with thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles
20 May, 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
20 May, 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*
10 June, 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
1 July, 1pm - 4.30pm and 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.

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:

Leonora Cohen: A Leeds Suffragette
11am – 3pm Thursday 23 March 2017

A chance to come and find out more about local Suffragette Leonora Cohen  with the opportunity to have a look at her archive.

Crime and Punishment
11am – 3pm Thursday  4 May

Come along and find out about the history of the police, crime and punishment with a chance to take your fingerprints and explore some of our crime and punishment collections.

Leisure and Pleasure
11am – 3pm Thursday 22 June

Find out more about how the people of Leeds have spent their leisure time with a chance to look at related collections up close.

Shop till you drop
11am – 3pm Thursday 20 July

Come and explore the history of retail in Leeds over the last 150 years and see how things have changed.

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