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We are proud to be part of a new exhibition at a local museum of Leeds social history, Abbey House Museum, called ‘Kirkstall Lives’.

With our WorkPlace Leeds service based in DeLacey House in the heart of Kirkstall, our story is included in the new exhibit, which opened 26th May.

The collection explores the personal stories of a range of local people, past and present through their own recollections, objects and photos.

WorkPlace Leeds is featured in the display, with a look back at the building’s history as Abbey Picture House. The local cinema opened in 1913, closing in 1960.

Our materials are featured to show how the building is used in the present day, along with a poem written by a service user to demonstrate how our services can help people.

The opportunity to feature came about as a member of Leeds Mind staff, Emily Elsworth, volunteers with the team at the museum. Emily commented: “It’s been great to include mental wellbeing as part of the history (and hopefully future!) of our local community.”

Patrick Bourne, Assistant Community Curator, added: “Curating an exhibition starts with an idea, then this grows and develops based on what is donated or lent. So this really is a personal reflection of the local history. We’re pleased to feature WorkPlace Leeds and DeLacey House as a key part of that local community.”

The exhibition is running until 17th September 2023. Opening times and pricing/concessions can be found here: https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/abbey-house-museum/visit/

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