Leeds museum celebrates 90-year anniversary in style

The Abbey House Museum Kirkstall, Leeds,celebrates 90 years, Lord Mayor of Leeds coun Jane Dowson pictured with her coin and the original coin given to the Mayor in 1927..15th July 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
The Abbey House Museum Kirkstall, Leeds,celebrates 90 years, Lord Mayor of Leeds coun Jane Dowson pictured with her coin and the original coin given to the Mayor in 1927..15th July 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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One of Leeds’ most treasured museums celebrated a special milestone in style this weekend.

Abbey House Museum, in Kirkstall, first opened its doors to eager customers - paying a penny a ticket - in July 1927.

Past: Lord Mayor Hugh Lupton and Mayoress Ella Lupton in 1927.

Past: Lord Mayor Hugh Lupton and Mayoress Ella Lupton in 1927.

And 90 years later, the Victorian house museum last week celebrated the anniversary with a week of activities and events.

The celebrations culminated in a visit by Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson on Saturday.

Her visit continued a tradition that began in 1927, when former city mayor Hugh Lupton, became the first person to walk through the museum’s doors during its official opening.

“It’s an honour to help Abbey House celebrate this incredible milestone and to revisit a tradition which began with one of my predecessors 90 years ago,” she told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Abbey House and its amazing Victorian streets are a fantastic celebration of our city’s rich history and I hope the museum will continue to preserve our heritage for many generations to come.”

To mark her traditional visit, performing arts students from Leeds City College were joined by characters in Victorian costume at Abbey House on Saturday.

This week’s celebrations have seen the museum’s authentic Victorian streets decorated with bunting. Craft activities and a talk by social history curator Kitty Ross were organised, showcasing Abbey House through the years.

A projector has also been screening vintage photos and footage of the museum.

Police and fire crews were called

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