Tuesday, 2 June 2009

'Oscar' success for new Leeds City Museum

Caption: Executive Member for Leisure Cllr John Procter holding the award with Visitor Assistants Victoria Kew (left) and Gemma Pollard

The new Leeds City Museum has claimed its first major award after triumphing at a prestigious event dubbed ‘the Oscars of the museum world’.

The new £20m attraction off Millennium Square, which has proved phenomenally popular since opening last September, was given the Reader’s Award for Best Museum at this year’s national Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence held in London.

The Leeds City Museum came out on top despite stiff competition in a category containing 167 museums from all over the country, with readers of Museums and Heritage magazine ranking it top of the pile.

The new museum joins an illustrious list of previous winners, including the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London, the National Science Museum and Weston Park Museum in Sheffield.

Leeds City Museum continues to attract huge numbers of visitors, and is well on the way to seeing 250,000 people through its doors in less than a year since opening.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“It is absolutely fantastic that our amazing new museum has won this award which is recognised as being the best of the best. The fact that it has been voted for the public just shows how amazingly popular the new Leeds City Museum has been, and clearly word is spreading about how good it is all over the country.

“This is a tremendous achievement for everyone involved in creating and running the new museum, and hopefully is just the first of many awards to come in the future as a reward for all their hard work.”

The majority of the finance for the £20m museum project - plus the accompanying £6m Discovery Centre which houses the city’s museum archive and opened in 2007 at Clarence Dock - has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has covered 75% of the overall cost. Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward are the other main funders.

For details about exhibitions, opening times and other information about the museum go to www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum It is open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday, and closed on Mondays.

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Energy monitors on loan from Otley Library

Date: 2nd June 2009

New schemed launched in Otley
Energy monitors on loan from Otley Library

Leeds City Council is delighted to announce a new scheme to be piloted in the Otley area.

Otley Town Council have generously provided Otley Library with ten ‘energy monitors’ that can tell residents how much energy their electrical appliances are currently using. The monitors will be available to loan on a weekly basis from Otley Library and residents will need to be a member of the library to take out a loan.

Executive Member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“This is a great initiative that will enable users to monitor their energy use by seeing which appliances are costing them the most. Being able to track energy use will enable users to know where they can save money on bills, as well as helping the green agenda by promoting energy consciousness. I am grateful for the generous contribution made by Otley Town Council and I am sure this pilot in the Otley area will be a great success.”

Otley Town Councillor Lawrence Ross said:

"I am pleased that the Town and City Councils have been able to work together to provide these energy saving devices."

By using the monitors residents of Otley will be able to see how much energy that are using at a current time and be able to monitor usage so they can save energy and money.

The monitors will be available to loan from Otley Library .

Otley Library
Nelson Street
LS21 1EZ
Opening hours:

Mon 10am – 7pm
Tue 9am – 7pm
Wed 9am – 7pm
Thur 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 7pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun 11am – 3pm

01943 466572

For all media enquires please contact Mary Webb, Marketing & Communications on 0113 3951262 or email mary.webb@leeds.gov.uk