26 Jan - 31 Dec 2019
Abbey House Museum
From hidden hazards to perilous poisons, Danger Zone explores alarming accidents, flammable fashions and treacherous toys through Leeds museum’s collections.
The exhibition will expose the risks people took in their daily lives using the simplest of everyday objects, including some you may recognise from your own childhood.
You will be amazed at how many everyday historic items would now be considered unsafe, unhygienic or downright dangerous!
Come and discover some surprising hazards and be thankful for modern health and safety.
We will be hosting a series of talks throughout the year which have been inspired by the exhibition; a selection of highlights are below and more information can be found on Leeds Inspired and the Abbey House Museum facebook page.
Asbestos in Leeds,
Asbestos in Everything!
Dr Jessica Van Horssen, Leeds Beckett University
The Bramhope Tunnel –
Conquering the Ridge
Louise Birch, Leeds Libraries
Potions and Powders:
Beauty and Medications to die for
Dr Stella Baraklianou, University of Huddersfield
Remedies in the 1700s and 1800s –
Help or Hazard?
Prof. Colin Wright, University of Bradford
Mad? Bad? Dangerous to know?
Asylum Patients in the Nineteenth Century
Dr Rob Ellis, University of Huddersfield and
David Morris, West Yorkshire Archive Service