Thursday, 28 August 2014

Take a trip down memory lane en route to two popular city museums


Caption: Vintage buses will be operating from the city centre to two popular city museums this Sunday.

Visitors to two of Leeds most popular museums are being offered the unique opportunity to make their journey in style this Sunday by taking a nostalgic ride on a vintage bus.

As part of Leeds City Transport Vintage Bus Running Day on Sunday 31 August, free buses from the 1950s and 1960s will be running from the city centre on Sunday 31 August before making their way to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and Thwaite Mills Watermill.

Anyone taking a trip on one of the Preserved A.E.C. Daimler & Leyland Leeds City Transport buses will also have the opportunity to be dropped off at either of the museum sites that both open at 10.30am on the day and purchase a souvenir timetable brochure if they wish. The vintage buses will operate every 15 minutes from 10.30am to 5.15pm and commence from New York Street in the city centre to Thwaite Mills and to Bramley Town end via Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Once the world’s largest woollen mill, and located in a stunning riverside surrounding, visitors to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills can find out more about the city’s rich industrial history from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives through a number of interesting and fascinating galleries and collections.

Set on the tranquil home of this 19th century watermill, Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton is one of the last examples of a water-powered mill in Britain. On offer includes the chance to enjoy the fully restored museum, before taking a walk on the island and enjoying the fantastic scenery and wide variety of wildlife that lives there.

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

"A trip to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and Thwaite Mills Watermill is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to say that there will be an extra treat for visitors this Sunday, who can make their journey to either or both sites on a free vintage bus.

"This really does promise to be a lovely way in which to visit two of our city’s most popular visitor attractions, and we are looking forward to welcoming both old and new friends on the day."

Richard McAllister, Running Day Event Organiser said:

"This running day event will allow visitors the wonderfully unique opportunity to travel on and experience the sights and sounds of our beautifully restored Leeds buses, back on the streets of their home City of Leeds after a 40 year absence.

"These historic vehicles will once again carry passengers on the free bus service linking two prominent Leeds museums, Thwaite Mills Watermill and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

Opening times:
Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF
Tel: 0113 263 7861. Email: armley.mills@leeds.gov.uk

For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

Thwaite Mills Watermill:

Thwaite Mills Watermill is perfectly nestled on a tranquil island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton.

One of the best and last remaining examples of a water-powered putty mill in Britain, this fully restored and fascinating museum allows visitors to experience the power and force of water powered industry in action.

Opening times:

Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed on Mondays except for bank holidays
Open during Leeds school holidays on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP
Tel: 0113 378 2983. Email: Thwaite:mills@leeds.gov.uk

www.leeds.gov.uk/thwaitemills

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk