Established in 1821 Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG) is the largest local authority-run museum service in England and has one of the larger and most significant multidisciplinary collections in the UK. We care for 1.3 million objects which we use to inspire, educate, entertain and challenge the people of Leeds and visitors to our city. Four of our collections have Designated status. We run nine historic sites and visitor attractions, to which we welcome over 1 million visitors each year, approximately 25% of all museum visits across Yorkshire. We are run and primarily funded by Leeds City Council (LCC), and play a significant role in shaping the cultural life of our city, but as a leading museum service we have a regional and national reputation and role. In 2012 we achieved Major Partner Museum status from Arts Council England, which has brought significant additional funding and further national prominence and expectation.

Mission and Purpose

Leeds Museums and Galleries exists to collect, preserve and interpret historic, cultural and scientific collections and historic sites and use them as inspiration for educating, entertaining and inspiring the people of Leeds as well as visitors to the city. We provide unique learning environments through the maintenance of these sites, their collections and through the operation of high quality, welcoming visitor attractions with associated commercial activity.


As a service within LCC, we operate within those values set by LCC and apply them to our decision-making and operational activity.  How these translate into our own activity is as follows:

Working as a team for Leeds

We prioritise partnership working and sustain close working relationships with our partner organisations and stakeholders.

Being open, honest and trusted

We care for and share the heritage of Leeds through our collections and historic sites. We do this within strict codes of practise for the benefit of current and future audiences.

Working with communities

We consult our audiences in order to understand their needs and we involve them in programme development and delivery.

Treating people fairly

Equality is given a high priority in our decision making. We use our programmes to provide opportunities for everyone to engage and get involved with their heritage.

Spending money wisely

We will deliver our service objectives within budget and seek opportunities to generate income from a variety of sources.​