It’s the mechanised murder mystery machine which has captivated generations of Leeds museum-goers.
So when Abbey House Museum’s quirky 1930s penny slot machine finally gave up the ghost, it would have been a crime to let the historic attraction simply gather dust.
Luckily, after the machine broke down recently, experts at the Kirkstall museum searched for the right team of specialists and, after some complex restoration work, the fabulous Murder in the Museum contraption is now back up and running.
Kitty Ross, Leeds Museums and Galleries curator of social history, said: “The penny slot machines have always been one of our star attractions and Murder in the Museum is a firm favourite with adults and children.
“The machine is not only colourful and fun, it’s also a wonderful window onto a golden age of crime fiction, when these sorts of comic and macabre machines were the latest thing and helped to spark a fascination with grisly crime stories that still exists today.
“Everyone at the museum is pleased to see Murder in the Museum back up and running, particularly as it plays such an important part in our Crime and Punishment exhibition which has been such a huge success so far.”
Played out by a series of small, automated models, Murder in the Museum’s main suspects include a woman with a large handbag, a man lurking behind a display cabinet and a man hiding inside an Egyptian sarcophagus.
Murder in the Museum is now available to see at Abbey House Museum.
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