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Exhibition, Sat 25 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2020


Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum


Sounds of Our City takes visitors on a journey through the musical stories of Leeds. Starting with how we first encounter music at home and school, we look at how the different musical styles and places of Leeds interact.

See some of the fascinating instruments and sound equipment made in Leeds. Explore the different venues associated with music in the city over the past 200 years. And relive some of the city’s most iconic performances through the memorabilia on display.

Join us for a range of talks, events and workshops inspired by the exhibition. We’ve picked out some highlights below:

Family Event: You’re welcome here kind stranger
14 Mar, 10.30 – 11.30am
Drop in, Museum admission applies
Discover the history of traditional Irish Music in Leeds from 1955 to present day. A family-friendly workshop for all ages.

Study Day: Forgotten Women Composers with Kitty Ross
20 Mar, 11am – 3pm
£12pp inc lunch, booking required
Join our Curator of Leeds and Social History for an enlightening day as we highlight some lesser known female composers. Delve into our collections and enjoy lunch in the Gatehouse Café.

Talk: Parklife: ‘When Roundhay went Pop’, with Dr Peter Mills
22 Apr, 2.45 – 3.45pm
£5.45pp, booking required
Join Dr Peter Mills as he explores Roundhay Park’s part in live music through personal recollections, photos and objects including gig tickets and programmes.

Talk: Damaged Goods: Leeds and post-punk in the 1970s
23 Sept, 2.45 – 3.45pm
£5.45pp, booking required
Join Antony Ramm of the Leeds Central Library for a talk exploring Leeds in the turbulent but thrillingly creative 1970s, when bands such as Gang of Four and Delta 5 fashioned sounds mining the extremes of politics, art and culture.

Sounds of Our City Talk and Tour for Groups

We’re offering exclusive guided tours of the exhibition for groups. Hear the stories behind some of our star objects and see some that didn’t make it into the display. Get in touch with us by calling 0113 378 4079 or emailing

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 25 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2020


Museum admission applies. Some events have an additional cost.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan Sounds of Our City
Sat 25 Jan - Thu 31 Dec Sounds of Our City
Sun 26 Jan Sounds of Our City
Tue 28 - Fri 31 Jan Sounds of Our City
Sat 1 Feb Sounds of Our City
Sun 2 Feb Sounds of Our City



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Map reference: SE 259363  Lat: 53.82237 Long: -1.60710

By Car - from Leeds City Centre follow the A65 (Kirkstall Road) for approximately 2 ½ miles. Abbey House can be found on your right approximately ¼ mile after the Kirkstall Retail Park, opposite Kirkstall Abbey.

Public Transport - Abbey House is located directly on a well serviced bus route.

Buses: 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Headingley & Kirkstall Forge station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups