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Leeds 1842

Leeds 1842


The sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian street in Leeds will transport you back in time to 1842 and we’ll introduce you to a range of characters who lived there at the time.

Queen Victoria had come to the throne in 1837 and with the industrial revolution in full swing thousands of people flocked to the cities to work in the new factories. Filthy and crowded living conditions led to poor sanitation and disease with infectious conditions like TB, cholera and measles spreading rapidly. One in five children died before they were five, and childbirth killed one in 30 women. A 21-year-old labourer could only expect to live to the age of 50.

Visitors can choose one of the characters living in our authentically recreated street to find out what their homes are like, what is causing their ailments, and what can be done to help cure them.

Please note:
Most children love this realistic gallery, but sometimes younger visitors can find parts of it upsetting. Please ask our staff for advice and information about alternative routes through the exhibitions. There’s a lot more to see!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic siteWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality



    Judith Knox

    0113 244 4343


    Near St James's Hospital,
    141 Beckett Street,
    LS9 7LN



    See location of Thackray Medical Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 318348  Lat: 53.80855 Long: -1.51817

    By Road:
    Leave M1 at jct 43, then M621 to jct 4. Follow signs for Harrogate and St James Hospital over River Aire at Crown Point Bridge. Get into right-hand lane. At jct go straight on (signed St James' Hospital) under bridge to major jct.

    By Public Transport:
    Taxi or buses (take bus routed to St James' Hospital), City centre buses include 16, 42, 50, 50A and 49 Get off the bus at the hospital and the museum entrance is next door.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality