‘Dying Matters’ exhibition 17 December 2016 to 30 July 2017 Leeds Gallery, Leeds City Museum

 

                                                                                               

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Death is perhaps the one experience that unites people the world over. But even though every person experiences death and dying, we can often shy away from talking about it. The curators and community team at Leeds Museums and Galleries have linked up with the Leeds steering group of the national Dying Matters initiative to bring this topic to the fore for a seven month display in the Leeds Gallery at Leeds City Museum. The topic of death and dying is a very sensitive one, so we are working hard to deal with it appropriately, and promote positive debate. The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery will already be aware of many of the issues.

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On a lovely Saturday morning in October (15th) a small party of ten explored the fungi growing in Lawnswood Cemetery. The walk was led jointly by local expert, Mary Larner, Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group and Pete Banks, Parks & Countryside Ranger who leads the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery’s Action Days. The group varied in age and expertise…with several bringing along reference books to aid identification. This review is from one at the top end of the age range and virtually no subject knowledge.

hod2eSunday, 11thSeptember was the last of four Heritage Open Days and the sun was shining. A lovely day for a walk round the cemetery. More than 50 people turned up and were treated to a guided walk around the Victorian section by Ann Lightman whose subject was 'Victorian Industrialists'. It was a most interesting afternoon and was enjoyed by all!

Photos by Donna Shoesmith - Evans.

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Join Countryside Ranger Pete Banks and Local expert Mary Larner from the Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group for an insight into the many different species of fungus that can be found at Lawnswood.

 

The walk is free and will last approximately 2 hours with drinks and refreshments provided. There are only 30 places available, so please contact the Countryside Rangers ASAP to book your place. 

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On 13th August 2016 a party from the Civic Trust enjoyed a walk around Lawnswood Cemetery which was led by Ann Lightman. 

She introduced them to the history of the cemetery and visited the memorials to some of those who turned Leeds into a great city. They were surprised by the range of monuments to be found in the older sections and were very interested in all aspects of the cemetery. It was a most enjoyable afternoon!