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Leeds Museum Discovery Centre © Leeds Museums and Galleries

The Discovery Centre is a unique museum resource housing and caring for Leeds’ fantastic collections. Visits are by appointment for research or just to view the collections.

Many of our members volunteer at the Discovery Centre, assisting curators and conservators with projects researching, documenting and conserving objects in the Museum Collections. For more information about how you can get involved, visit the Museums and Galleries website.

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre © Leeds Museums and Galleries


The National Heritage Memorial Fund Steps in to Support

Whorl © Trustees of the British Museum

National Heritage Memorial Fund LogoA £95,000 grant from The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been awarded toward the acquisition of The West Yorkshire Hoard.

The NHMF was set up to save the most outstanding parts of our heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK.

The West Yorkshire Hoard is of national importance and is at risk of being sold at auction if the money is not raised, so the NHMF deemed it worthy of such a generous grant.

There has been such a positive response to the appeal and supporters have been so generous in their giving and general support, however, there is still a shortfall and all of the stops are being pulled out to reach £170,000 the Hoard has been valued at by experts at the British Museum.  The total left to raise for the appeal is just short of £15,000 – we are so close!

Donations are still being accepted to the appeal as with this news, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have agreed to extend the loan of the Hoard until 15th December 2011 while the remaining money is raised. The Hoard will stay on display in Leeds City Museum until then.

Donate to the Save the West Yorkshire Hoard Appeal

Results of grant applications imminent as deadline looms

Niello Finger Ring © Trustees of the British Museum

We will find out the results of fundraising applications tomorrow.   These decisions will determine whether the purchase of the West Yorkshire Hoard is within reach of acquistion for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Continued thanks to all of those who have and continue to donate to the appeal.  Should these grant applications be sucessful, there will still be a small shortfall and we are still actively fundraising – so please continue to donate.

Watch this space for news of decisions and running totals!


The Savage Club Chair

Savage Club Chair Restoration © Leeds Museums and Galleries

In 2008 we funded a conservation project to conserve (mend and protect) a fantastic piece of furniture with roots firmly embedded in Leeds’ history.  This chair belonged to Edmund Bogg, former Chief of Leeds Savage Club, having been presented to him in 1904.

Without this vital work, the chair would not be on display today (at Leeds City Museum).  The conservation project itself involved;

  1. Replacing the webbing.
  2. Refitting the old springs and replacing the Hessian covering.
  3. Reused old horse hair, bulked up with new, was added to both the seat and back and stitched in. This was then covered with fire resistant calico.
  4. New cotton wadding was added and the chair was re-covered with a supple leather which was chosen as it would give an antique look that would match with the original covering of the chair.
  5. Finally the chair was finished with “antiqued” brass nails. (These were used in preference to brass plated iron nails since they would not rust and leave marks on the leather and the antiqued finish, though rather contrived, would blend in better to imitate the original finish than would bright brass nails which the chair would have had originally.)
  6. Work to the oak frame, which was in a very poor state, was carried out resecuring the inner rail,

All of the materials used in this process were carefully considered to ensure they were in keeping with the original and would be the most enduring over time.  With thanks to Edmund Czajkowski & Son, specialist conservators from Lincolnshire.

Before and After…

Savage Club Chair at Leeds City Museum © Leeds Museums and GalleriesSavage Club Chair at Leeds City Museum © Leeds Museums and Galleries

5 days to go…

Filigree Ring © Trustees of the British Museum

Todays update on the West Yorkshire Hoard Appeal is that the grand total raised to date (excluding grants that we are awaiting news on) is £48,517.50!

This means that if we are successful in getting all of the grant money we have applied for our current shortfall is just £17,792.50.

In the past 24 hours we have recieved over £4,000 in individual donations.  Many of these donations come from anonymous donors.  We cannot thank their generosity enough.  Read more about the Appeal here or find out more about who has supported so far.

In addition, can we thank all of you who have helped and are helping spread the word about this Appeal and further thanks to Goldsmiths of London for generously donating this week.

There are just 5 days left to Donate.