Our aim is to make the Museums and Galleries collections at Leeds accessible to everyone. We run a varied programme of family activities, collections-based workshops, talks and events alongside tailored activities in partnership with community, interest and social groups across the service. We also have an outreach service where people who cannot easily visit our exhibitions can experience museum objects through interactive handling sessions.
The Community Engagement teams at our nine sites engage with community groups in different ways, exploring their connections with the city past and present through projects, displays, films, oral histories and a programme of site based activities. Part of our continuing programme of partnership projects has involved working with the Yorkshire Film Archive and we have created over 30 short films documenting contemporary community history in Leeds, with themes which include ‘Faith in the City’, ‘Steps In Time’ ‘Food For Thought’ and ‘Out of the Shadows’ - these can be viewed on our You Tube channel. We also work in partnership with the West Yorkshire Archive Service on projects which have included ‘Carnival’ in 2011 and ‘Legacies of War’ in 2012-13.
If you would like to know more about our community programme, or explore ways in which your community can be represented in our sites, then contact the Community Engagement team via the link above.
The Community Engagement team is committed to collecting objects that are representative of Leeds diverse communities, past and present. We prioritise collecting material from underrepresented groups and build on strengths in our existing social history and world culture collections. Our active collecting is people-focused and includes documenting peoples stories and memories through film, objects and oral histories.
Highlights of our recent acquisitions include a marble statue of Krishna from the Leeds Hindu Mandir, a Dutch pot from the Afro-Caribbean community and a signed set list from the ‘Pigeon Detectives’ for their performance at Leeds Festival 2011.