Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Canal Rd
Armley
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 2QF
England

Website

www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

E-mail

armleymills.indmuseum@virgin.net

Telephone

0113 263 7861

Fax

0113 247 8397

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Formerly the largest woollen mill in the world, Armley Mills is now a museum which explores Leeds' rich industrial past. Displays cover the local textiles and clothing industries, printing, cinematography, photography and engineering. Working exhibits include a 1904 spinning mule and 1920s-style cinema.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00 and Sun 13.00-17.00
Open Bank Holidays

Closed Mondays

Admission charges

£3.40 adults, £1.80 conc and £1.25 accompanied children. Family ticket £6.70 includes upto two adults and three children

Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Industry, Film and Media

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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John Fowler

  • 4 November 2014 — 27 September 2015 *on now

This fascinating exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills celebrates the life and achievements of the agricultural engineer John Fowler in the year marking 150 years since his untimely death.

John Fowler was a pioneer in the development of steam engines for ploughing and his inventions significantly changed the course of agricultural practice. In this exhibition we celebrate John Fowlers achievements and bring together exhibits from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection of John Fowler material as well as objects from other lenders including the Museum of English Rural Life.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills/John-Fowler.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Spinners of Aire

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Community Garden

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Mystery Matinee

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Knit and Knatter Group

  • 1 January — 31 December 2015

Description to follow.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Mystery Matinee

  • 17 — 21 February 2015

Watch a Family Film in one of the smallest cinemas in the world

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Grow your own

  • 17 — 18 February 2015 1-3pm

To coincide with the temporary exhibition to honour the 150th anniversary of the death of John Fowler the father of modern agriculture. Come along and have a go at growing your own plants. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Steam Punk Market

  • 7 — 8 March 2015 11am-5pm

With lots of stalls, art exhibitions, First tea Company Museum, pretty things to look at, Tea and cakes, entertainment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Super Science Day

  • 22 March 2015 1-4pm

Help us celebrate National Science and Engineering Week by taking part in fun science experiments, demos and handling sessions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Drop-in Spring and Easter Craft activities

  • 1 — 17 April 2015

Drop-in Spring and Easter Craft activities

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Mystery Matinee

  • 7 — 18 April 2015

Watch a Family Film in one of the smallest cinemas in the world

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Loony Loom Bands

  • 7 — 8 April 2015 1-3pm

Try your hand at ‘looming’ and have a go at more traditional weaving.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Train Fun!

  • 14 — 15 April 2015 1-3pm

Visit our loco gallery and make a train out of recycled materials

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Bunny Hunt

  • 31 December — 17 April 2015

Take part in a trail round the museum and help the Easter Bunny solve a problem. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Film Lovers Badge

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=156

Different film genres explained plus help towards getting a Girl Guides Film Lovers badge

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

A History of Animation

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=151

A simple explanation of moving image and animation development, with video clips showing how Zoetropes and Mutoscopes work.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Customer Complaints

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=102

For Tourism and Leisure students an insight into the complaints procedures of a local authority museum in Leeds.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Customer Needs

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=101

Help for tourism and leisure students to identify customer needs, routes between customers and staff, and dealing with complaints and comments.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Customer Service Records

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=55

For Tourism and Leisure students an insight into the customer service records at a local authority museum in Leeds.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Customer Service Situations

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=100

For Tourism and Leisure students an insight into some typical customer service situations of a local authority museum im Leeds.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Customer Services

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=52

For Tourism and Leisure students an insight into some typical customer servics of a local authority museum im Leeds.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Enterprise, Industry and Benjamin Gott

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=160

The life of Benjamin Gott is the model for this resource about entrepreneurial skill and understanding. Gott was a cloth buyer who became a manufacturer, and whose business developed as an example of the growth of the Victorian factory system. The resource includes the interactive Be a Victorian Millionaire!

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Entertainment and Hobbies in the 1950s

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=331

Use original documents, photos, film resources and interviews to discover the similarities and differences between life in the 1950s and the present day. Includes video clips of 1950s Holiday Camps, Sports Days and Maypole dancing.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Family Life in the 1950s

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=317

What life was like for families and children in the 1950s, with original video clips from the period.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Fashion in the 1950s

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=330

What did people wear in the 1950s? Who were the icons of the time? This learning journey has original fashion video clips from the 50s

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Food in the 1950s

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=329

Throughout WWII food was rationed in Britain. This did not end with the war and although more foods came into the country, food rationing did not completely finish until 1954.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Little Bobbins Under 5s Club

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/armleyMills/Armley_Mills/Learning_Zone/Early_Years.aspx

Bring your little ones to our fun activity sessions every first Friday afternoon of the month. We will be exploring, investigating and being inspired by the Mill and collections in a fun and creative way. The sessions will include trails, storytelling, music and craft activities around different themes.

How to obtain

Admission to the Mill is free, however there will be a session charge of £1.50 per child. There is no charge for children under 12 months. To book a place for your child/children or for further information please check out the What's On section of the website or contact Cara O’Callaghan on 0113 224 4368.

Louis Le Prince

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=150

A resource with original film footage from 1888 about Louis Le Prince, a Frenchman who came to Leeds in 1866 who invented a camera that was able to capture moving images.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Music at the Mill

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=130

A collection of sounds representing themes from industrial mill life, which can be downloaded by students and used with music editing software to develop their own pieces.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Working in the 1950s

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=328

A glimpse at what it was like to work in Yorkshire in the 1950s.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.
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