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Abbey House Museum
Abbey Road

Telephone: 0113 230 4592
Fax: 0113 230 5499
Email: abbeyhouse.museum@virgin.net

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Overview of collections

There are 3 designated collections in Leeds; Fine and Decorative Arts, Industrial and Natural Science, but the collections also include Anthropology, Archaeology, Numismatics, Social History and Costume and Textiles. Collections are housed, stored and displayed in a number of buildings and will be described separately - Abbey House for Social history; Armley and Thwaite Mills for Industry; City Art Gallery for Fine art; Lotherton hall for Costume and textiles and Temple Newsam for Decorative Arts.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The ground floor has 3 reconstructed streets giving a glimpse of life in the late 1880s with new Pawnbrokers Shop, a Sunday School and an Undertaker. There are 3 galleries on the upper floor including the Victorian Leeds gallery, Leeds between 1810 and 1910, the childhood gallery designed on the theme of traditional nursery rhymes and a gallery looking at Kirkstall abbey. The oldest part of the Museum, the Norman hall, was originally the great gatehouse to the abbey, built in the 12th century.
Collection Descriptions
Social History Collection (Abbey House Museum)
Wide ranging with strong local and regional material, the collection includes books, ceramics, toys and games, dolls,...

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