6 days and counting – a big final push is needed!

Cabachon Ring © Trustees of the British Museum

There are just six days left before the resting place of the West Yorkshire Hoard is determined.

At 11am this morning, thanks to grant giving and personal donations, the total raised towards the purchase of the Hoard, which was found in Leeds, is £44,982.50.

Should further grant applications that are awaiting decision next week be successful, the remaining funds that we need to raise are just under £21,000 – we are so close!

A fantastic £1,770 was raised at the preview evening at Leeds City Museum, led by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and the Friends of Leeds Museums.  Many thanks to all that attended and we hope you enjoyed the event.

Online donations raised to date are £1,478.75 (incl. gift aid).

Cheques sent in to the appeal total £1,733.75 (incl. gift aid)

Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this appeal.  A list of which is on our supporters page but doesn’t list the very generous donations made by supporters who wish to remain anonymous who we sincerely thank.

Donate to the Save the West Yorkshire Hoard Appeal

Remember the Hoard is currently on display at Leeds City Museum until 15th November!

The Hoard visits Leeds City Museum

Entry facade at Leeds City Museum the event locations

Entry facade at Leeds City Museum the event locationsThe West Yorkshire Hoard will be on temporary loan to Leeds City Museum for a limited time in November and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are hosting a special event for members to preview the treasures on Wednesday 2 November from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

This is a unique opportunity to see the newly-discovered, Anglo-Saxon, West Riding Hoard, at a preview before its first public showing. This event will also launch a public appeal by the Friends and the ‘Phil & Lit’ for funds to purchase the hoard for the Leeds City Museums.

The event will be held at Leeds City Museum on Millennium Square in Leeds and will include a reception with wine and ‘nibbles’, to be followed by short talks about the discovery, context and significance of the hoard.  If you wish to help purchase the hoard for Leeds, please bring your cheque book – and a pen!

Read more about the Hoard and how to donate in advance of the event.

Leeds Museums and Galleries have been offered first refusal to purchase the hoard as the local museum service. Grants towards the purchase of these items have been awarded by organisations like ours, The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and The Art Fund – but we are still well short of the of the required sum. We have until 15th November to raise the remainder. If we fail, the objects are likely to end up in a private collection and be lost from the public sphere

An entry charge of £5:00 per head will be made towards the cost of refreshments.  More information and information on how to make donations is available on this website.

For further information about this event and to book, contact Dr J E Lydon: Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society,  Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University, Leeds, LS2 9JT

E: j.e.lydon@leeds.ac.uk

T: 0113 3433036 (daytime) 0113 2785596 (evenings)

 

Save the West Yorkshire Hoard

Cabachon Ring found in Leeds. Part of a hoard found in West Yorkshire © Trustees of the British Museum

Cabachon Ring found in Leeds.  Part of a hoard found in West Yorkshire © Trustees of the British MuseumWe need your help to save the West Yorkshire Hoard.

The Friends of Leeds City Museums and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are joining forces today to help save this unique and amazing treasure for the city of Leeds.

The story so far

Discovered by a metal detectorist, the West Yorkshire Hoard is made up of seven objects, six of these being items of exquisite gold jewellery dating from 7th to 11th centuries.  Find out more about the Hoard.

Why do we need to raise the money so quickly?

Leeds Museums and Galleries have been offered first refusal to purchase the Hoard as the local museum service.  If we fail to help them raise the sum of £171,310 that the Hoard has been valued at, they will be sold at auction and lost to our region and most likely, from the public sphere altogether.

Can you help us in our campaign to raise the additional funds needed to purchase the hoard by donating too?

Donate to the Save the West Yorkshire Hoard Appeal

 

A Day out in Hull Old Town

On arrival in Hull, members of FLCM split up and did their own thing but to start with most visited the Tourist Information Centre in the City Hall and then went across the road to the Ferens Art Gallery. 

There was a good representation of art from old masters including Franz Hals and many of his Dutch contemporaries – not surprising really when Holland is just across the water from Hull – and more modern artists such as Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Atkinson Grimshaw  (pictures out on loan) and David Hockney. But the picture which caught my eye was a huge magnificent one by Rosa Bonheur of a male and female lion with three cubs. Bonheur (1822-1899) was an early feminist. She smoked cigarettes and wore men’s clothing whilst working amongst animals and for which she had to have police permission!  From childhood she had painted animals and the lions were as realistic and as sharp as any modern photograph. 

Some members then visited the Maritime Museum but my husband and I went on to the Old Town which reminded me very much of Bruges with its brick built merchants` houses, warehouses and narrow cobbled High Street which connected to the parallel River Hull by a series of alleyways, and where we had a light lunch. The beautiful house of William Wilberforce had an exhibition of his life when, as a member  of parliament he campaigned for years for the abolition of the slave trade. There was a separate exhibition on slavery but it was too horrible for me to spend any time in there. 

Next the Master’s House, another beautiful mansion on the High Street and now owned by the National Trust. Entry was free to all to see the magnificent plasterwork staircase. (The rest of the house was let privately to an architectural practice.)

We had an entertaining visit to the Streetlife Museum of Transport. On the ground floor there were electric trams in a street of late Victorian/Edwardian shops including a Co-op and a bicycle shop. Around the corner was a rail signal box. Upstairs were lifelike horses pulling carriages and trams with all the sounds of a Georgian/early Victorian street and there was a distinct smell of horses! There was so much to see including, on a mezzanine level, some examples of vintage motorcars.

By this time we were again in need of refreshment and a cup of tea in the city centre Queens Gardens answered. We sat in the sunshine on a terrace overlooking quite a sizeable park with its lawns and mature trees, large duck pond and a magnificent floral display and fountains. Queens Gardens was once the U.K.’s largest dock and was renamed after Queen Victoria. After new docks arrived in 1930, it was filled in and laid out as a very successful city centre park.

Then on to the 700 year old Holly Trinity Church, the largest non cathedral church in the U.K.

Unfortunately, we found it closed at 3.00pm and missed a visit to its interior. But across Trinity Square was the old Grammar School attended by William Wilberforce and Andrew Marvell. The interior was imaginatively laid out as an old school with many “hands on” exhibits for children. A small exhibition in the cellar was of the cramped life in the slums when a dozen families had to share one outside dry lavatory. And, of course, cholera, typhoid and other diseases were rampant in such crowded conditions. Upstairs was the replica exhibition of the artefacts retrieved from Tutankhamen’s Tomb arranged in the same way as when the originals were found, together with the story of Lord Canaervon`s and Carter’s expedition.

All too soon it was time to return to the coach. Five hours had sped by and we had not seen half of what there was to see. We promised ourselves a return visit in the near future – perhaps just before Christmas.

Elizabeth Nash

Experience a World of Discovery

Leeds City Museum © Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds City Museum opened in September 2008 in Cuthbert Brodrick’s 1860 Leeds Institute, this award winning city museum has beaten all attendance forecasts.

The Friends were involved in the development of the City Museum, working as part of a group of four societies, consultating andbeing involved in development throughout the entirety of the project.

Today the Museum is free and open to the public 6 days a week.  There are four floors of Galleries including regular special exhibtions, telling the stories of Leeds and much much more!