Monday, 4 August 2014

Museum calls on people power to pick new Roman mascot’s name

Caption 1: History lovers can choose a name for the new Roman-themed Rory the Tiger mascot.

Caption 2: Limestone figure of Horus, Roman Period, 30 BC – AD 641 which will feature in the Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition.

Legions of history-lovers can earn their stripes by helping to name the mascot for Leeds City Museum’s new Roman-themed exhibition.

Popular character Rory the Tiger will be getting a summer makeover as he dons his armour and helmet ahead of the Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition, which starts this September.

The team at the museum are asking followers on Twitter and Facebook to vote for Rory’s new name over the next week.

Voters can choose between three names- Rorius Maximus, Emperory Tigerius or Roman Rory.

Whichever gets the most votes by August 8 will be the official name of the exhibition’s mascot.

To vote for which name you think should be chosen, visit the Leeds Museums and Galleries Facebook page at and ‘like’ the picture of the name which you think is best.  You can ‘like’ as many as you want but only the name with the most votes will win.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member of digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“This fascinating look at Roman life will really showcase the important part that Yorkshire played in one of the biggest empires the world has ever seen and it’s a real honour that we’re hosting such a prestigious exhibition.

“We always try to make our exhibitions as interactive as possible, so we’d like local history-lovers, young and old, to get involved and play their part by helping us to choose the name of our new Roman mascot.”

Roman Empire: Power and People runs from September 20 until January 4.

The exhibition will feature treasures from the British Museum’s collections of Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, which will take their place alongside items from Yorkshire’s own collections, carefully selected by the team at Leeds City Museum.

The exhibition showcases the rich history of Romans in Yorkshire, Britain and across the Empire.

Activities and lectures will be running alongside the exhibition, looking at subjects including Roman finds in Yorkshire, crime and punishment in Roman Britain, hoards of Roman coins, Roman York and new archaeological evidence courtesy of the development of University of York’s new campus. 

A series of audio visuals, interactive features and family trails will also help bring alive the ideas behind the exhibition. 

Katherine Baxter, curator of archaeology at Leeds City Museum said:

“It is a privilege for us to host this nationally important collection and be British Museum partners.  Being part of this tour means that we again push the boundaries on what we can achieve for our visitors. 

“We pride ourselves on appealing to a wide audience and these 160 objects from the British Museum will build a picture of life as a Roman, wherever and whoever you were in the Empire.”

Leeds City Museum is on Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH, and is open every day, except Mondays, (open Bank Holidays) from 10am to 5pm and until 7pm on Thursdays. Weekends 11am to 5pm.

For media enquiries, contact:

Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937

The swinging sixties set to arrive at historic Leeds house

Caption: Young people get into the spirit at Lotherton Hall.

The sights and sounds of the unforgettable 1960s are set to light up one of the city’s most historic houses this weekend with their annual Summer Sixties party.

In what promises to be a superb event, a range of activities celebrating the swinging sixties will be brought to life at Lotherton Hall on 10 August from 11am-3pm.

On offer is The Chris Berry Band, who will be playing iconic music from the decade, Space Hopper Racing, a Hula-Hoop competition and other retro giant games such as Jenga and Connect 4. Other popular games including Spirograph and Twister amongst others will also be available inside the house. The magic of the big top is also set to arrive through ‘A Dodgers Circus Workshop’ which will provide visitors with the opportunity to take part and try their hand at juggling, plate spinning and diablo.

For those people who remember the soundtrack of a night out in the 1960s, there will be the chance to listen to the juke box located in Lotherton Hall’s own café, and afterwards enjoy a barbeque and bar on the lawn.

Anyone in the best 1960s fancy dress could also receive a special prize, and in what is something not to be missed, any driver of a pre 1970s car can get into Lotherton Hall for free on the day!

Entry to the event, which this year will celebrate its third birthday at Lotherton Hall, is included within the general admission price.

A haven for a wide range of wildlife, the grounds of Lotherton Hall also feature a range of attractions including two play areas, a deer park, bird garden, shops and stables, a gift shop and café.

Once visitors have enjoyed the outside delights of Lotherton Hall, the inside of the house also has much to offer. This includes a range of rare items and collections, and a new interactive area that allows visitors to explore the story of one of Lotherton’s Hall’s most famous families the Gascoigne’s, as well as find out more about their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. These sit aside a dressing-up room available in the house a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“Our 1960s themed party at Lotherton Hall is always a brilliant day out, and we are really looking forward to welcoming both old and new friends to this year’s event.

“As always there will be a wide range of fun activities and events on offer for all the family to enjoy which will be played out to a magical soundtrack of the 1960s. It is always amazing to see the fancy dress that people arrive in to the event, and don’t forget if you own a pre-1970 car, entry is also free!”

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.
Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.
Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Tel: 0113 378 2959
Web address:
See our member’s page for year round entry:
Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578