Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Energy efficiency investment to bring bills down

Multi-million pound investment in a wide range of energy efficiency measures across the city will pay big dividends for Council tenants in Leeds over coming years, city leaders promise.

Over £9m is being invested so that around 3000 properties can have energy efficient boilers, heating upgrades and radiators provided.

Structural repairs and energy efficiency work for the two Highways blocks of flats are currently in the planning stages, but likely to gain investment of nearly £2m.

A range of further work involving replacement doors and windows, as well as roofing work, will add to the improvements that will see Leeds not only investing in the city’s housing, but helping reduce the carbon footprint of the city for years to come.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:
“We want to make sure our tenants live in decent, well-insulated and energy efficient housing. We know this will make a difference to their pockets and is a step in the right direction to tackling climate change. That’s why we’re investing in a wide range of improvements and upgrades across Leeds housing, money that will make a difference to people’s lives as well as paying dividends in the long term as we see greener, more efficient housing.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said:
“There’s plenty of pressure on family budgets, and anything we can do to make a long term difference is to be welcomed. We’re determined to help people living in our housing have better lives where cold, damp and draughts are a thing of the past. It will take time, but we’re putting significant money into achieving those aims.”

Issued by:
Phil Morcom,
Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244

New environmentally friendly biomass boiler to arrive at historic Leeds house

Caption: Lotherton Hall, where work will begin on a new biomass boiler next month.

One of the city’s most historic houses is set to boost its green credentials this month when work begins on the installation of a new biomass boiler.

The Lotherton scheme is part of a joint initiative which will see new biomass boilers installed at both Lotherton Hall and the Leeds City Council’s Herd Farm Activity Centre at Eccup. 

The new environmentally friendly boiler, which will only use virgin wood and allow for its clean white ash to be used as a fertiliser on the estate, is set to be turned on for the first time in spring 2015. 

Also included in the programme of work will be the construction of a new boiler house within the walls of the old laundry room that is currently located at the back of Lotherton. 

This sits aside a previous green scheme undertaken last year at Lotherton Hall that reduced electricity consumption through the introduction of LED lighting in all its main areas.

Part funded through an initiative that helps organisations and companies pay for their green energy, once completed, the new boiler will help reduce the carbon footprint and improve sustainability of the site, which in 2015 is also set to open newly refurbished Fashion Galleries.

Included as part of the planned work, which will support Lotherton Hall in one of its key ambitions to become a major museum of fashion and textiles, the redevelopment will create an up to date 21st century gallery space. 

Featuring in the revamp will be modern cases, improved lighting and the chance to utilise technology which allow opportunities to include new elements like film and sound in the galleries. 

When completed, Lotherton Hall will become one of the largest spaces in the north of England to provide a regular programme of fashion and textile exhibitions.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:
 “A very exciting range of work is set to be undertaken at Lotherton Hall as part of our major Fashion Galleries refurbishment project, and it is great news that a new greener biomass boiler is set to be installed which will help make the house greener and more sustainable.
 “Making all our museums and galleries in the city more environmentally friendly remains one of our key aims, and I look forward to more schemes such as this one being introduced in the future.”

Council Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, added:
“This is a great example of the city’s past working in tandem with its future, with some of the latest, environmentally friendly technology being incorporated into plans to improve one of our most prestigious and prominent locations.
“It’s a real statement of intent that somewhere like Lotherton Hall, which is so steeped in local history, will be doing its bit to make the city a more environmentally friendly and sustainable place.”


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 the current Costume Galleries were created in the 70s and after opening as a museum in 1969.

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.

This project was part funded from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

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

Characters of historic house to be brought back to life on Twitter

Caption 1: The picture gallery at Temple Newsam House

Caption 2: Artwork for the new Temple Tales project

Historical characters from the past that have graced one of the city’s most famous and historic homes are to be given a new lease of life on Twitter.

As part of an innovative project set to be launched on Monday 11 August at 1pm, users of the social network site will be able to take part and meet some of the people over the centuries that have lived at Temple Newsam House.

Following the launch, people will be able to experience the performance on Twitter from 1pm on subsequent days until Friday 15 August.

As part of the show which will last approximately 20 minutes, the script will follow the conversations of up to 15 historic characters associated with Temple Newsam, whilst some are comical, all will give an insight into life at the house and the social boundaries that existed in an ‘upstairs downstairs’ (master/servant) living.

To make the conversation and experience more authentic, the characters will use a combination of traditional English mixed with contemporary social media hashtags and slang put together by Leeds Museums and Galleries and The Butterfly Psyche Theatre Company.

To follow Temple Tales, all you have to do is subscribe to the Temple Tales list by clicking this link

Please note you must already have a Twitter account in order to do this - if Twitter isn’t your thing, there is still an opportunity to view the performance over on the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Storify page at the end of the first performance.

Temple Newsam House is one of the country’s most celebrated historic houses with over 40 restored rooms open to the public housing one of the most important collections of decorative art in Britain and remains one of the city’s most popular attractions.

After meeting the historical characters of the estate on Twitter, why not pop down and find out in person why it is so loved by visitors.

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

“In the digital age we now live in, it is important for museums to adopt new forms of media in order to engage audiences.

"In comparison to more traditional outlets of performance, Twitter allows the audience to become more ‘immersed’ with the story and its characters, with subscribers being able to ‘follow’, ‘favourite’ and ‘retweet’ the characters comments.

"We hope that this will shine a new light on the history of Temple Newsam and spark an interest to find out more.”

John Roles, Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

“A trip to Temple Newsam House is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to be bringing its magic to a new audience on Twitter.

“As part of the performance, people on Twitter will be able to listen into the conversations and meet some of the characters that have lived at Temple Newsam House in the past, which promises to be both a unique and fantastic experience.

“It would be fantastic if through this more people are inspired to visit Temple Newsam House in person and find out why it remains one of our city’s most popular visitor attractions.”

Bobbie Robertson, principal keeper of Temple Newsam House added:

“Over the last few years the Temple Newsam team have been working to bring the 500 years of stories at Temple Newsam to life.

"We are all very excited about using such new digital technology in an historic setting and hope that all audiences enjoy the ‘saga’ of Tales of Temple Newsam as it unfolds.”


Notes to editors:

Temple Newsam House is a splendid Tudor Jacobean mansion, renowned as being the birthplace of Henry Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots’ infamous husband.
The House itself has over forty beautifully restored rooms and outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, along with a changing exhibition programme.
Set within an Estate of 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Temple Newsam boasts paths and trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections.
Home Farm also holds a variety of rare breed animals and in the Stable Courtyard there is also a Tea Room serving locally sourced food, a large gift shop and Mrs Pawson’s local produce shop.
Temple Newsam House is due to be host to an extraordinary exhibition of tapestries by Turner prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. Entitled ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, this series of six tapestries will be on display from 23 August to 7 December 2014 providing the final location on the exhibition’s UK tour, supported by the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation.
The work was gifted to the Arts Council Collection managed by the Southbank Centre and British Council last year, by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, Sfumato Foundation, and Alix Partners.
These tapestries were created by Perry in 2012 alongside the Channel 4 BAFTA award winning series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.
This landmark series charted Perry’s fascination with taste and the tapestries tell the story of twenty-first century social mobility through the fictional character, Tim Rakewell.
Perry’s tapestries make direct reference to the series of paintings called ‘A Rake’s Progress’ by William Hogarth.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AD
Telephone Number: 0113 3367460
Website Address:
House Summer Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm
Directions: 4 miles from Leeds City Centre off B6159, 2 miles from M1, junction 46.

Leeds Museums and Galleries is Leeds City Council’s family of nine museum sites across the city and is responsible for looking after the collections of fine and decorative art, fashion and textiles, industrial and social history, natural science and much more.

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