Queens of Industry


Queens of Industry

Until September 2019

A new exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum

Celebrate the stories of women in industry from the early 20th Century to today in this exciting exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum.

This exhibition reveals the untold stories of the working class ‘queens’ elected to represent some of Britain’s greatest industries, from coal to cotton.

Inspired by the idea of traditional Rose Queen and May Queens in local villages and towns, Queens of Industry flew the flag for their industry, county or even country in what often proved to be a life-changing opportunity. The first Railway Queens were elected in the mid-1920s and the last Coal Queen was crowned in the early 1980s.

These young workers’ lives were changed forever, with opportunities to star on screen, meet world leaders like Joseph Stalin and simply become a female voice for their industry.

FREE with admission to Leeds Industrial Museum

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