Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Take a trip back to the 1970s at Leeds City Museum

Caption: Images from the exhibition of the kitchen area as well as a classic 1970s Chopper bike and a space hopper plus a section devoted to The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977

The spirit of the 1970s will be firmly revived this week with the opening of Leeds City Museum’s new exhibition.

Opening on Friday 27 January and running until Thursday 22 April, the new exhibition at the museum off Millennium Square is entitled ‘Silver 70s’ and is a celebration of a highly eventful decade.

The exhibition takes the form of a walk back through time, allowing visitors to travel through a house in 1970s Leeds and experience the sights and sounds of the decade.

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All media are invited to attend the press preview of 'Silver 70s' which will take place at Leeds City Museum at 3pm on Thursday 26 January. Leeds City Museum is located off Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH.
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Featuring typical colourful and questionable wallpaper and fashions, the exhibition begins with a living room area before passing through a bedroom as well as a kitchen complete with genuine lime green fitted units leading to the garden area.

Among the instantly recognisable items on display are a space hopper and a classic Raleigh Chopper bicycle, along with well-known games such as ‘Connect 4’, ‘Downfall’ and even ‘The Wombles’ which featured in their very own popular television show.

As part of the exhibition there is also a focus on certain key dates with the decade, including The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 which is especially timely as later this year the monarch will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. Items on display from the Silver Jubilee include a commemorative plate, t-shirt and Union Jack socks. Other key dates which feature include the switch to decimalisation in 1971 and Britain joining the European Union in 1973.

An appeal for 1970s photos from people in Leeds has also yielded a good response, with those being put on display including an image of a young girl drinking from the FA Cup after Leeds United’s famous triumph over Arsenal at Wembley in May 1972.

The music to be heard as visitors walk through the exhibition from the living room to the teenager’s bedroom will also change, with the living room featuring easy listening 1970s favourites such as The Carpenters, the Bee Gees, The New Seekers, Carly Simon and The Commodores. The soundtrack also includes comedian Benny Hill’s single ‘Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)’ which was Christmas number one in 1971.

Moving into the bedroom area the music changes to include names such as Pink Floyd, Led Zepellin, the Sex Pistols, Queen, T.Rex, Fleetwood Mac, The Clash, David Bowie, Donny Osmond, the Bay City Rollers, ABBA and Blondie.

The exhibition also includes interactive elements, such as the chance to design your own outfit and wallpaper based on 1970s fashion, digging for fruit and veg reflecting the ‘grow your own’ culture which was popular during the decade, and a special washing line for visitors to leave their own memories of the 1970s. There will also be television adverts from the 1970s being shown on screens.

Leeds City Museum curator of exhibitions Helen Langwick said:

“This exhibition has come together really well and we think people will have a lot of fun when they come along and it is sure to trigger a lot of memories of the 1970s.

“The response to the appeal for photos has been great so we’d like to thank everyone who sent them in and look forward to seeing people of all ages come along for this special trip down memory lane.”

Silver 70s runs from Friday 27 January and running until Thursday 22 April. Admission is free.

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Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

Drivers warned about delays on A65 this weekend

Drivers are being warned to expect delays on the A65 in Leeds this Sunday (29th January) because of improvement works taking place at the Willow Road junction. Old signals at this junction are being replaced as part of a £21million scheme to create new bus and cycle lanes along Kirkstall Road.

The junction will have only one lane open in each direction and the traffic will be managed with temporary traffic signals. The work will begin at 8am and will continue throughout the day.

The current roadworks are a major part of a number of improvements to upgrade the A65 between Hawksworth Road in Horsforth and the city centre. This latest phase includes 2.5 miles of new bus and cycle lanes and 3 miles of new footpaths.

The new bus lanes will allow an extra 276,000 bus trips a year and 27 per cent more bus journeys during peak time. Together with the planned new railway stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge it will contribute to an improved and greener transport system.

The current roadworks began in April 2010 and are on target to complete in July this year. They are funded by central government through the Department for Transport

For more information about The A65 corridor go to


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Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office (0113)2243937