Friday, 5 September 2014

Roman Empire exhibition set to open soon at Leeds City Museum

Caption: Gilded copper alloy figure of Hercules from Birdoswald, Cumbria, Romano- British, late AD 100s. Picture credit: © The Trustees of The British Museum.

Sent on behalf of The British Museum

From 20 September Leeds hosts the exhibition, Roman Empire: Power & People, an exceptional British Museum touring exhibition at the Leeds City Museum until 4 January 2015. Including some of the greatest treasures from the British Museum’s collections of Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, the team has also created a fascinating lecture series programme and entertaining schedule of family events to further enhance this major exhibition and appeal to all its visitors.

Leeds City Museum’s exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s Roman objects in Leeds for the first time combined with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which will give the exhibition a unique local context. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this major exhibition and a chance to get more involved with this programme of thought-provoking events and fun activities.

Whether you’re an enthusiast, an academic, like to get creative or just interested to sit back and learn more about life in Roman Britain and Yorkshire, take your pick from these free opportunities to learn more and enjoy all things Roman (some events may require booking, please visit for more details):
- Tuesday 23 September 12.30-1pm – join our Curator of Archaeology for a special tour of the exhibition.

- Thursday 25 September, 5.30pm, lecture - Crime and Punishment in Roman Britain.

- Thursday 16 October, 5.30pm, lecture - Fields and farms, lucre and lightning seeds: people, coins and the rural landscape in Roman Yorkshire. Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.

- Thursday 23 October, 5.30pm, lecture - Roman York: An Ancient City Revealed.

- Thursday 6 November, 5.30pm, lecture - A Cock and Bull Story: Roman finds from Yorkshire recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society.

Thursday 13 November, 5.30pm, lecture - :Roman Yorkshire: the impact of Eboracum (Roman York) on its hinterlands.

Families are also well catered for with a series of events to appeal to all age groups:
- 26 August-29 August, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm - The Romans are coming! Join us in the build up to the exhibition, with free activities to explore and bring to life our Roman collections.

- Tuesday 28 October, 10am-12pm - Roman object handling. Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.

- Thursday 30 October, 10am-12pm - A Zoo in My Pocket. Drop in to the exhibition to learn about animals in the Roman World through the coins they appear on

- Friday 31 October, 11am-3pm - We love the Romans. Free fun activity day, roaming with the Romans. Get into character with Roman Rory. Sponsored by and run in partnership with the Grammar School at Leeds.

- Every Saturday, 6-20 December, 11am-12.15pm - Roman Rory’s Saturnalia Club. Help Roman Rory the tiger make Roman themed decorations for our festive museum trees.

- Tuesday 16 December, 10am-12pm - Roman object handling. Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.

- Saturday 27 December, Sunday 28 December, Tuesday 30 December, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm - Making Mischief! “Lo Saturnalia”…. The Roman winter festival full of jokes and merriment. Free activities where you can make something to ‘trick’ your friends!

Roman Empire: Power & People opens to the public on 20 September until 4 January 2015. 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.

Notes to Editors:

Roman Empire: Power & People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.
Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.
The exhibition explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

The British Museum is touring the exhibition across the UK at the following venues:
• Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (BMGA) - 21 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
• Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery - 1 February – 27 April 2014
• The Herbert, Coventry - 17 May – 31 August 2014
• Leeds City Museum - 20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015
• The McManus, Dundee - 24 January – 10 May 2015
• Segedunum Roman Fort - 30 May – 13 September 2015

Roman Empire: Power & People is supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation. The exhibition has been co-curated by Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and the British Museum
The tour is organised through the British Museum’s Partnership UK scheme. Partnership UK is the strategic framework for the British Museum’s programme of engagement with museum audiences throughout the country.
The tour is accompanied by the beautifully illustrated publication, Roman Empire: Power and People, by Dirk Booms, Belinda Crerar and Susan Raikes, published by the British Museum Press in paperback at £10.99.

Full details of the exhibition, please visit with updates communicated using the #RomanEmpire hashtag via Leeds Museums and Galleries’ social media accounts on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Leeds Museums & Galleries
Established in 1821, Leeds Museums & Galleries is the largest local authority-run museum service in England and has one of the larger and most significant multidisciplinary collections in the UK. We care for 1.3 million objects which we use to inspire, educate, entertain and challenge the people of Leeds and visitors to our city. We run nine historic sites and visitor attractions, to which we welcome over 1 million visitors each year, approximately 25% of all museum visits across Yorkshire.
Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008.

The City Museum is the flagship site for the service, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and our Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 we attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

For details on the exhibition, interview opportunities and high res images, contact Kendra Grahame-Clarke at Kendra PR on or call 07910 214474.

Yes, we canine!

Volunteers for a project to help communities enforce anti-dog fouling measures are being sought in Garforth.

The ‘dog watch’ volunteers will be given training and tools to help them report fouling, so that the council can then enforce anti-fouling measures more effectively. Initially being done in the Garforth area, the council hope the pilot can give teeth to enforcement of measures throughout the rest of the city.

Volunteers will receive training on the law and how to record information to help with enforcement, as well as support from Leeds City Council to arrange action days and patrols.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said:

“We all know dog mess is unavoidable if you own a dog, so every owner needs to clean up after their dog. We know most people behave responsibly, so we want volunteers to help us to tackle irresponsible people not clearing up their dog’s mess. We want to give these volunteers the bite to match their bark.”

“It is neither a defence say you didn’t know about your dog’s actions or the law, nor is not having a way to remove the faeces. Failure to clean up dog mess promptly can mean prosecution and a fine.”

Leeds City Council Dog Warden, Gavin Jarrett, said:

“We all know how unpleasant and potentially harmful it is to step in dog mess, or see it around parks, pavements or play areas. Responsible dog owners know this as much as anyone else.

“We’re looking for volunteers to be the eyes and ears of Garforth and to help us. The more that people report owners letting their dogs foul, the more people face being fined or prosecuted and the more people will realise Garforth won’t put up with this anymore.”

Elvira Meucci-Lyons, Head of Education & Community for Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, said:

“With the dog population growing on an almost daily basis, the problem with dog fouling is also on the rise. Picking up after your four legged friend is one of the simple rules of responsible dog ownership. We want people to be able to enjoy clean public areas all year round and if everyone remembers the importance of picking after their dog we can make a big difference.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can ring 0113 2475567 or email

Notes to editors:
Dogs Trust has more advice about dog fouling at

For media enquiries please contact:

Phil Morcom
Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council
4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Tel: 0113 3950244.

Fax: 0113 247 4736

The White Whale wows crowds in Leeds

It was a night to remember on the Leeds - Liverpool canal last night, as the opening night of a free outdoor performance based on literary classic Moby Dick proved to be a big hit with a large crowd.

Produced by award-winning local-based theatre company Slung Low and commissioned by Leeds Inspired, those in attendance were treated as part of ‘The White Whale’ to a dark modern re-telling of Herman Melville’s famous book. Taken on a journey with Captain Ahab as he and his crew make their ill-fated pursuit of the white whale, the story written by James Phillips, is told by a seven-strong cast on boats and floating platforms which reside on the waters of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Leeds Dock.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the city’s industrial heritage, a set of headphones are made available to members of the audience to ensure they can fully immerse themselves in the tale, which beginning at 8.30pm and running until 14 September, is both an innovative and exciting night of entertainment.

For more information regarding The White Whale production, please see:

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

"The opening night of The White Whale was truly spectacular, and it was fantastic to see the large crowd in attendance really immerse themselves in the performance.

"Leeds-based theatre company Slung Low have done a truly amazing job on the staging, music and set-design of The White Whale, which set against the backdrop of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, proves to be both innovative and thrilling at the same time.

"We are always looking at ways in which to expand the cultural offer in the city, and we have been delighted to provide support through Leeds Inspired to this particular project."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.

Slung Low is a company that makes adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces. Slung Low’s aim is to make unlikely, ambitious and original adventures for audiences, each with powerful, moving story at its heart. Shows that re-examine how audiences go and see a piece of theatre. The company’s ambition has always been to transport its audience to new places and to make them see familiar places from new perspectives. Slung Low is supported by Arts Council England.

Slung Low’s home is the Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB). Five railway arches in Holbeck South Leeds. The HUB is a rehearsal space which we make available to those making performance in the region who have need of it.

The HUB is also a place where we can invite exciting new work from other companies and present them to an audience; a makeshift performance space.

The project is also supported by Allied London, owners of Leeds Dock, and the Canal & River Trust (C&RT).

For further information, images or interview requests please contact Debbie Bradley or Lucie Walker at Anita Morris Associates on 01943 603311. / @Debbie_Pett / @LucindaJW

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

Market traders portal offers help with business planning

Market traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market will be given free access to businesses support and advice from this week (w/c 1 September).

Sample business plans, and how to guides will be available on for traders to access online, and later in the month a new Trader Portal will launch.

The portal will give secure access for market traders to free business training and bespoke advice to help them develop and grow their business. On offer will be courses that will cover everything from how to create a business plan to knowing more about social media and marketing. The portal will also have access to additional services from organisations such as the National Market Traders Federation and affordable business finance.

As part of the ongoing refurbishment of Kirkgate Market, traders will be offered the opportunity to apply for vacant stalls in the market, and Leeds City Council is offering all traders free access to business support and business planning documents to help with this process. On offer throughout the remainder of 2014 will be free training from a third party supplier to help ensure that market businesses go from strength to strength in their new location. The support and training will also be available to any trader who opts to take statutory compensation instead of relocating, to assist them in planning the next step for their business.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and economy said:

“We want to make as much business information, support and advice available to the traders as we continue to move forward with the refurbishment of Kirkgate Market.

“The project represents a real opportunity for traders to develop their businesses and the portal will equip them and their businesses with the option to access to free training and plenty of other resources.”

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel:0113 247 4450