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Get involved in community activities at Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey

You can go behind the scenes at all the nine Leeds Museums & Galleries sites!

Abbey House Museum has a wealth of social history collections and our staff work with local groups to preserve their memories of Leeds life past and present.

Click on the links below to discover how you can join in…

Click to expand​Share Your Stories!

We work with members of the local community to weave their memories into our exhibitions.

People from across the city have contributed to past exhibitions, including ‘How Do I Look?’ and the ‘Leeds Children’s Day Remembered’, as well as a new interactive display on shops and businesses.

Abbey House is currently seeking memories on the topic of ‘youth’ through the ages for the forthcoming Decades of Youth exhibition.

Find out more:
Click on the 'How to Get Involved' link below for up-to-date contact information.

Find out more about our Decades of Youth exhibition

Click to expandThe 1152 Club



This sociable group for older people meets every other Friday from 10-11.30am at Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre. We chat and listen to talks on diverse topics, from local history to Yorkshire folk music and bird-watching.
If you are aged 55 or above, then why not come and join us?

Entry is free and tea or coffee is provided.   

Who should I contact?
You can get in touch by email, phone or write us a letter. Click on the 'How to Get Involved' link below for up-to-date contact information.

You can also share ideas on Twitter with Leeds Museums & Galleries @LeedsMuseums or via our Facebook page.

Find out more about the 1152 Club

Click to expandCurate an Exhibition with us!

Would you like to curate your own exhibition at Abbey House?
We welcome enquiries from groups or individuals who would like to host their own exhibitions in our Community Gallery.

We recently worked with Girlguiding Leeds on an exhibition exploring the history of their Senior Section.

Find out more:
To enquire about hosting an exhibition, click on the 'How to Get Involved' link below for up-to-date contact information.

Click to expandCan We Bring Objects to You?



Museum objects on tour!
All of the nine Leeds Museums & Galleries sites can bring objects to you!

Museum staff regularly take artefacts out to day centres and community groups. These handling objects spark discussion, reminiscences and creative responses.

Abbey House Museum also offers loan boxes suitable for reminiscence, on themes like food and drink, out and about, and life in the 1950s. Each box can be borrowed for a fortnight and contains museum objects and cues such as photographs, CDs and recipes.

Find out more:
To enquire about an object-handling visit or reminiscence box, simply click on the 'How to Get Involved' link below for up-to-date staff contact details.

Click to expandHow to Get Involved

If you would like to find out more about opportunities at Abbey House Museum, please contact Patrick Bourne, the Assistant Community Curator.

Email: patrick.bourne@leeds.gov.uk
Telephone: 0113 3784079
Postal address: Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH

Get involved at other LMG sites:
Check the pages for our other sites to uncover more activities and opportunities on your doorstep. Find out more about volunteering and placement opportunites via the links below.

Browse our latest volunteer roles and internships.

Project placements and opportunities to gain experience