Rare archive footage shows Blue Peter presenters opening Armley Mills Museum

This rare archive footage turns back the clock to the summer of 1982 when Leeds welcomed a trio of Blue Peter presenters.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:43 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:44 pm
Armley Mills Museum was opened by Sarah Greene, Simon Groom and Peter Duncan.
Armley Mills Museum was opened by Sarah Greene, Simon Groom and Peter Duncan.

Sarah Green, Simon Groom and Peter Duncan were in the city after being invited by Lord Mayor of Leeds Doreen Jenner, to open Armley Mills Museum, located between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.

And this video footage ,first broadcast by the BBC in June 1982, captures the presenters using a pair of old shears to cut the ribbon as well as lowering a paddle to get a giant mill wheel turning once more.

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The Grade II listed building housing the museum was once the world's largest woollen mill. It was reopened by Leeds City Council as a museum after it was closed as a manufacturing mill by Bentley and Tempest in 1969.

Fast forward to 2021 and the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills remains a gem to be discovered. Its collections include textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering among others.

DID YOU GO TO THE OPENING OF ARMLEY MILLS MUSEUM? Share your memories with Andrew Hutchinson via email at: [email protected] or tweet him - @AndyHutchYPN**********************

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