Thursday, 21 August 2014

Don’t miss out on the Love and War exhibition at Leeds City Museum

Caption: The Love and War exhibition at Leeds City Museum will close on September 7.

Time is running out to view a moving exhibition at a popular city museum which explores the theme of love during a time of war.

The ‘Love and War’ display which opened in the ‘Leeds Today’ area at Leeds City Museum in December 2013 marked the start of the First World War commemorations. The individual stories of Mary, Eugene, Paddy and Simon, and their different experiences of love during conflict are told through the four short films. They focus on both contemporary servicemen and those who fought in earlier wars with themes of self-sacrifice, duty, camaraderie and loyalty all shared.

A selection of objects relating to conflicts, past and present also feature in the display, which is set to close on Sunday September 7. A number of the loans on show relate to the Second World War.

Also in the ‘Leeds Today’ space for a limited period, is an exhibition showcasing the very best of contemporary life in Leeds. A wide range of objects collected by young people over the past four years for the 2012 London Olympics, Leeds Festival and High Street Fashion are on show. This also closes on Sunday 7 September so do not miss out on the chance to see a young person’s take on living in the city today and their experiences and memories of major cultural events and fashions.

For more information regarding both exhibitions at Leeds City Museum, please see:

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

"We are extremely proud of our Love and War and Leeds Today exhibitions at the City Museum, which while completely different in their subject matter, are both extremely interesting and fascinating.

"With a closing date of Sunday September 7, please don’t miss out on your chance to pay a visit and have a look at what both exhibitions have to offer."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

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

Free bus pass scheme is just the ticket for young jobseekers

Caption: Calvin Rollins, who travelled to and from his Head Start placement with the help of his free bus pass.

Hundreds of young jobseekers are on the road to a fresh start with the help of a new scheme aimed at getting them back into work.

More than 800 young people aged 18-24 are being offered free weekly bus travel cards to help them get to college and work experience placements as part of the £1.2m Head Start programme.

The scheme, which is run by the council, gives young people searching for jobs the chance to take up training and work experience placements with local employers.

Calvin Rollins, 21, recently completed a placement through Head Start, working with Leeds City Council’s corporate and central services in Seacroft, and was able to travel from his home in Horsforth for free.

Working as an admin assistant, Calvin, who had been out of work for more than six months, was able to get to grips with a number of software packages and learn about working in an office environment.

He said: “I got so much out of it and learned some great, practical skills that I think will stand me in really good stead when I go for interviews and jobs in the future. I also met some really great people who helped me a lot.

“But it was a long way to go and if it hadn’t been for the free travel, I don’t think it would have happened and I wouldn’t have been able to get to the placement. Being able to get there for free has really helped me make the most of the opportunity.”

Since completing the placement, Calvin has been supported to apply for a number of jobs and has even been put forward as a Head Start champion because of the excellent standard of his work.

Launched earlier this year, the Head Start programme is designed to help unemployed people aged 18-24 find jobs by offering them supported work experience placements.

Head Start has seen the council work with a number of Leeds employers and is already having success turning work placements into jobs.

Work experience candidates will get placements, generally up to six weeks long, including two weeks pre-employment training beforehand

They also get a CV workshop, help looking for work and guaranteed interview experience.

Those claiming jobseekers allowance for six months are eligible to take part in the programme.

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

“The Head Start programme is all about breaking down barriers for young people who are looking for work and helping them to find their way into jobs.

“Young people have told us that one of the major obstacles for them getting into employment support programmes is the cost of traveling to and from college and placements.

“The last thing we want is for talented, enthusiastic jobseekers to miss out simply because they can’t afford to get to where they need to be.

“By offering them these free bus passes, it takes away that extra money worry, allowing them to really focus on making the most of their placements and equipping themselves with the skills and experience they need to give them the best possible chance in a tough job market.”

Businesses interested in giving young people an opportunity through Head Start can contact Michelle Law by email at or telephone 0113 3952905.


For media enquiries, contact:
Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937