In the last blog post we revealed that the Heritage Jam is collaborating with Leeds Museums and Galleries to host #THJ2017 at Leeds City Museum. In this week’s blog post will shine a spotlight on our collaborators, giving you, our jammers, a taster of what the brand new 2017 Heritage Jam location and partnerships will bring.


Leeds City Museum by Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds Museums and Galleries is made up of locations which aim to ‘collect, preserve and interpret historic and cultural collections and historic sites and use them as inspiration for educating, entertaining and informing the people of Leeds as well as visitors to the city’ - (Leeds Museums and Galleries, 2017). The nine locations offer diverse experiences, and if you are planning to jam with us in person we highly recommend exploring the varied, exciting and ground-breaking exhibitions, collections and events that our partner has facilitated.

Recent visually inspiring exhibitions have included “Fashionable Yorkshire”, hosted at Lotherton Hall. This exciting exhibition focused on how fashion has changed throughout history, using both the real garments and artistic impressions of Yorkshire women’s fashion from the 1600s to the 1970s. The contextual and tangible approach to visualising the past is definitely something we hope our jammers are inspired by!



Fashionable Yorkshire: Photography Ash Zombola / Model Rosie Nelson / Styling Nina Beresford / Dress Loan Cunnington & Sanderson / Hair and Makeup Kay Spaven / Art Direction The Archipelago

A further example of innovative interactions between art and heritage was the exhibition titled  “A Graphic War”, which saw contemporary sculptures by artist Ian Kirkpatrick installed to investigate the Leeds Museums and Galleries First World War collections in order to “uncover the underlying mythologies, anxieties and fears they reveal about life in Leeds during wartime” (Leeds Museums and Galleries, 2015). The innovation and artistry in these exhibitions speaks to the power and potential of heritage visualisation outside of the box - it is our hope that working in such a vibrant and innovative space will provide ample inspiration for #THJ2017.


A Graphic War. Image by Ian Kirkpatrick.

Whilst all nine of the Leeds Museums and Galleries locations (which can be explored online here) have a strong lineage of challenging heritage interpretation, it is the brilliant Leeds City Museum that will act as the physical location for the 2017 jam. This stunning building is located in the heart of Leeds City Centre - allowing our jammers convenient access to transport, accommodation, food and a huge variety of cultural heritage!

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The Leeds City Museum was established in 1819 and reopened in 2008, where it now acts as a hive of dynamic heritage practice, hosting a wide variety of thought provoking collections which challenge visitors to experience the past in exciting, thought provoking ways. Why not have a look through the online material provided by the museum for some inspiration whist you wait for the reveal of the 2017 jam theme on the 18th!


Inside Leeds City Museum by Leeds Museums and Galleries

The city of Leeds offers great opportunities for our in-person Jam participants. It was voted among one of the top ten travel destinations in the world by Lonely Planet (  boasting a flourishing cultural scene - as can be seen from the wealth of museums and galleries within the city. Furthermore, it has a prominent art, food and craft community. So if you are planning on joining us in person for the jam we have you covered: whether you want to kick back and relax after a day of creativity, or head into the city to keep the inspiration rolling.

The Heritage Jam 2017, in Leeds, we hope to see you there!

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AuthorIan Kirkpatrick